Scientific Linux Security Update : libXfont on SL5.x, SL6.x i386/x86_64

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Synopsis :

The remote Scientific Linux host is missing one or more security
updates.

Description :

The libXfont packages provide the X.Org libXfont runtime library.
X.Org is an open source implementation of the X Window System.

A buffer overflow flaw was found in the way the libXfont library, used
by the X.Org server, handled malformed font files compressed using
UNIX compress. A malicious, local user could exploit this issue to
potentially execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the X.Org
server. (CVE-2011-2895)

Users of libXfont should upgrade to these updated packages, which
contain a backported patch to resolve this issue. All running X.Org
server instances must be restarted for the update to take effect.

See also :

http://www.nessus.org/u?2157fc29

Solution :

Update the affected libXfont and / or libXfont-devel packages.

Risk factor :

High / CVSS Base Score : 9.3
(CVSS2#AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C)

Family: Scientific Linux Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 61108 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2011-2895