Oracle Linux 5 / 6 : libXfont (ELSA-2011-1154)

This script is Copyright (C) 2013-2014 Tenable Network Security, Inc.


Synopsis :

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

Description :

From Red Hat Security Advisory 2011:1154 :

Updated libXfont 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
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.

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 :

https://oss.oracle.com/pipermail/el-errata/2011-August/002276.html
https://oss.oracle.com/pipermail/el-errata/2011-August/002275.html

Solution :

Update the affected libxfont packages.

Risk factor :

High / CVSS Base Score : 9.3
(CVSS2#AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C)
CVSS Temporal Score : 8.1
(CVSS2#E:ND/RL:OF/RC:C)
Public Exploit Available : false

Family: Oracle Linux Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 68322 ()

Bugtraq ID: 49124

CVE ID: CVE-2011-2895