RHEL 5 / 6 : logwatch (RHSA-2011:0324)

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Synopsis :

The remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.

Description :

An updated logwatch package that fixes one security issue is now
available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and 6.

The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having
important 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.

Logwatch is a customizable log analysis system. Logwatch parses
through your system's logs for a given period of time and creates a
report analyzing areas that you specify, in as much detail as you
require.

A flaw was found in the way Logwatch processed log files. If an
attacker were able to create a log file with a malicious file name, it
could result in arbitrary code execution with the privileges of the
root user when that log file is analyzed by Logwatch. (CVE-2011-1018)

Users of logwatch should upgrade to this updated package, which
contains a backported patch to resolve this issue.

See also :

https://www.redhat.com/security/data/cve/CVE-2011-1018.html
http://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2011-0324.html

Solution :

Update the affected logwatch package.

Risk factor :

Critical / CVSS Base Score : 10.0
(CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C)
CVSS Temporal Score : 7.8
(CVSS2#E:POC/RL:OF/RC:C)
Public Exploit Available : true

Family: Red Hat Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 52578 ()

Bugtraq ID: 46554

CVE ID: CVE-2011-1018