Amazon Linux AMI : rpm Package Header Parsing Error (ALAS-2011-14)

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Synopsis :

The remote Amazon Linux AMI host is missing a security update.

Description :

The RPM Package Manager (RPM) is a command line driven package
management system capable of installing, uninstalling, verifying,
querying, and updating software packages.

Multiple flaws were found in the way the RPM library parsed package
headers. An attacker could create a specially crafted RPM package
that, when queried or installed, would cause rpm to crash or,
potentially, execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2011-3378)

Note: Although an RPM package can, by design, execute arbitrary code
when installed, this issue would allow a specially crafted RPM package
to execute arbitrary code before its digital signature has been
verified. Package downloads from the Red Hat Network remain secure due
to certificate checks performed on the secure connection.

See also :

Solution :

Run 'yum upgrade rpm' to upgrade your system.

Risk factor :

High / CVSS Base Score : 9.3

Family: Amazon Linux Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 69573 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2011-3378