Amazon Linux AMI : puppet Multiple Vulnerabilities (ALAS-2012-53)

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Synopsis :

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

Description :

The puppet 2.6.14 release notes summarize the issues as group and user
privilege escalations, as follows :

A bug in Puppet gives unexpected and improper group privileges to
execs and types/providers. When executing commands as a different
user, Puppet leaves the forked process with Puppet's own group

If a user's .k5login file is a symlink, Puppet will overwrite the
link's target when managing that user's login file with the k5login
resource type. This allows local privilege escalation by linking a
user's .k5login file to root's .k5login file.

See also :

Solution :

Run 'yum update puppet' to update your system.

Risk factor :

Medium / CVSS Base Score : 6.9

Family: Amazon Linux Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 69660 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2012-1053