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The remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.
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
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
* 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 :
Update the affected shadow-utils package.
Risk factor :
Low / CVSS Base Score : 3.7
Family: Red Hat Local Security Checks
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CVE ID: CVE-2006-1174
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