Scientific Linux Security Update : gc on SL6.x i386/x86_64

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Synopsis :

The remote Scientific Linux host is missing one or more security

Description :

It was discovered that gc's implementation of the malloc() and
calloc() routines did not properly perform parameter sanitization when
allocating memory. If an application using gc did not implement
application-level validity checks for the malloc() and calloc()
routines, a remote attacker could provide specially crafted
application-specific input, which, when processed by the application,
could lead to an application crash or, potentially, arbitrary code
execution with the privileges of the user running the application.

Applications using gc must be restarted for the update to take effect.

See also :

Solution :

Update the affected gc, gc-debuginfo and / or gc-devel packages.

Risk factor :

Medium / CVSS Base Score : 5.0

Family: Scientific Linux Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 70756 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2012-2673