The remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.
Updated automake, automake14, automake15, automake16, and automake17
packages that fix one security issue are now available for Red Hat
Enterprise Linux 5.
The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having low
security impact. A Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base
score, which gives a detailed severity rating, is available from the
CVE link in the References section.
Automake is a tool for automatically generating Makefile.in files
compliant with the GNU Coding Standards.
Automake-generated Makefiles made certain directories world-writable
when preparing source archives, as was recommended by the GNU Coding
Standards. If a malicious, local user could access the directory where
a victim was creating distribution archives, they could use this flaw
to modify the files being added to those archives. Makefiles generated
by these updated automake packages no longer make distribution
directories world-writable, as recommended by the updated GNU Coding
Note: This issue affected Makefile targets used by developers to
prepare distribution source archives. Those targets are not used when
compiling programs from the source code.
All users of automake, automake14, automake15, automake16, and
automake17 should upgrade to these updated packages, which resolve
See also :
Update the affected packages.
Risk factor :
Medium / CVSS Base Score : 4.4
CVSS Temporal Score : 3.8
Public Exploit Available : true