RHEL 5 / 6 : boost (RHSA-2013:0668)

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Synopsis :

The remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.

Description :

Updated boost packages that fix one security issue are now available
for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and 6.

The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having
moderate 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 boost packages provide free, peer-reviewed, portable C++ source
libraries with emphasis on libraries which work well with the C++
Standard Library.

A flaw was found in the way the ordered_malloc() routine in Boost
sanitized the 'next_size' and 'max_size' parameters when allocating
memory. If an application used the Boost C++ libraries for memory
allocation, and performed memory allocation based on user-supplied
input, an attacker could use this flaw to crash the application or,
potentially, execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user
running the application. (CVE-2012-2677)

All users of boost are advised to upgrade to these updated packages,
which contain a backported patch to fix this issue.

See also :

https://www.redhat.com/security/data/cve/CVE-2012-2677.html
http://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2013-0668.html

Solution :

Update the affected packages.

Risk factor :

Medium / CVSS Base Score : 5.0
(CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:P)

Family: Red Hat Local Security Checks

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Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2012-2677