RHEL 4 : shadow-utils (RHSA-2007:0276)

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Synopsis :

The remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.

Description :

Updated shadow-utils packages that fix a security issue and various
bugs are now available.

This update has been rated as having low security impact by the Red
Hat Security Response Team.

The shadow-utils package includes the necessary programs for
converting UNIX password files to the shadow password format, as well
as programs for managing user and group accounts.

A flaw was found in the useradd tool in shadow-utils. A new user's
mailbox, when created, could have random permissions for a short
period. This could allow a local attacker to read or modify the
mailbox. (CVE-2006-1174)

This update also fixes the following bugs :

* shadow-utils debuginfo package was empty.

* faillog was unusable on 64-bit systems. It checked every UID from 0
to the max UID, which was an excessively large number on 64-bit
systems.

* typo bug in login.defs file

All users of shadow-utils are advised to upgrade to these updated
packages, which contain backported patches to resolve these issues.

See also :

https://www.redhat.com/security/data/cve/CVE-2006-1174.html
http://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2007-0276.html

Solution :

Update the affected shadow-utils package.

Risk factor :

Low / CVSS Base Score : 3.7
(CVSS2#AV:L/AC:H/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P)

Family: Red Hat Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 25144 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2006-1174