Oracle Linux 5 : postgresql (ELSA-2012-1264)

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


Synopsis :

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

Description :

From Red Hat Security Advisory 2012:1264 :

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

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.

PostgreSQL is an advanced object-relational database management system
(DBMS).

It was found that the optional PostgreSQL xml2 contrib module allowed
local files and remote URLs to be read and written to with the
privileges of the database server when parsing Extensible Stylesheet
Language Transformations (XSLT). An unprivileged database user could
use this flaw to read and write to local files (such as the database's
configuration files) and remote URLs they would otherwise not have
access to by issuing a specially-crafted SQL query. (CVE-2012-3488)

Red Hat would like to thank the PostgreSQL project for reporting this
issue. Upstream acknowledges Peter Eisentraut as the original
reporter.

All PostgreSQL users are advised to upgrade to these updated packages,
which contain a backported patch to correct this issue. If the
postgresql service is running, it will be automatically restarted
after installing this update.

See also :

https://oss.oracle.com/pipermail/el-errata/2012-September/003028.html

Solution :

Update the affected postgresql packages.

Risk factor :

Medium / CVSS Base Score : 4.9
(CVSS2#AV:N/AC:M/Au:S/C:P/I:P/A:N)
CVSS Temporal Score : 3.6
(CVSS2#E:U/RL:OF/RC:C)
Public Exploit Available : false

Family: Oracle Linux Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 68621 ()

Bugtraq ID: 55072

CVE ID: CVE-2012-3488