Oracle Linux 5 / 6 : boost (ELSA-2013-0668)

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Synopsis :

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

Description :

From Red Hat Security Advisory 2013:0668 :

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://oss.oracle.com/pipermail/el-errata/2013-March/003381.html
https://oss.oracle.com/pipermail/el-errata/2013-March/003379.html

Solution :

Update the affected boost packages.

Risk factor :

Medium / CVSS Base Score : 5.0
(CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:P)
CVSS Temporal Score : 3.7
(CVSS2#E:U/RL:OF/RC:C)
Public Exploit Available : false

Family: Oracle Linux Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 68794 ()

Bugtraq ID: 54233

CVE ID: CVE-2012-2677