RHEL 6 : sos (RHSA-2012:0958)

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Synopsis :

The remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.

Description :

An updated sos package that fixes one security issue, several bugs,
and adds various enhancements is now available for Red Hat Enterprise
Linux 6.

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.

The sos package contains a set of tools that gather information from
system hardware, logs and configuration files. The information can
then be used for diagnostic purposes and debugging.

The sosreport utility collected the Kickstart configuration file
('/root/ anaconda-ks.cfg'), but did not remove the root user's
password from it before adding the file to the resulting archive of
debugging information. An attacker able to access the archive could
possibly use this flaw to obtain the root user's password.
'/root/anaconda-ks.cfg' usually only contains a hash of the password,
not the plain text password. (CVE-2012-2664)

Note: This issue affected all installations, not only systems
installed via Kickstart. A '/root/anaconda-ks.cfg' file is created by
all installation types.

This updated sos package also includes numerous bug fixes and
enhancements. Space precludes documenting all of these changes in this
advisory. Users are directed to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.3
Technical Notes for information on the most significant of these
changes.

All users of sos are advised to upgrade to this updated package, which
contains backported patches to correct these issues and add these
enhancements.

See also :

https://www.redhat.com/security/data/cve/CVE-2012-2664.html
https://docs.redhat.com/docs/en-US/Red_Hat_Enterprise_Linux/6/html/
http://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2012-0958.html

Solution :

Update the affected sos package.

Risk factor :

Medium / CVSS Base Score : 4.3
(CVSS2#AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:N/A:N)

Family: Red Hat Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 59598 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2012-2664