This script is Copyright (C) 2013-2014 Tenable Network Security, Inc.
The remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.
An updated xinetd package that fixes one security issue is 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 xinetd package provides a secure replacement for inetd, the
Internet services daemon. xinetd provides access control for all
services based on the address of the remote host and/or on time of
access, and can prevent denial-of-access attacks.
It was found that xinetd ignored the user and group configuration
directives for services running under the tcpmux-server service. This
flaw could cause the associated services to run as root. If there was
a flaw in such a service, a remote attacker could use it to execute
arbitrary code with the privileges of the root user. (CVE-2013-4342)
Red Hat would like to thank Thomas Swan of FedEx for reporting this
All xinetd users are advised to upgrade to this updated package, which
contains a backported patch to correct this issue.
See also :
Update the affected xinetd and / or xinetd-debuginfo packages.
Risk factor :
High / CVSS Base Score : 7.6
Family: Red Hat Local Security Checks
Nessus Plugin ID: 70327 ()
CVE ID: CVE-2013-4342