Scientific Linux Security Update : sos on SL6.x

This script is Copyright (C) 2012 Tenable Network Security, Inc.

Synopsis :

The remote Scientific Linux host is missing a security update.

Description :

The sos package contains a set of tools that gather information from
system hardware, logs and configuration files. The information can
then be used for diagnostic purposes and debugging.

The sosreport utility collected the Kickstart configuration file
('/root/anaconda-ks.cfg'), but did not remove the root user's password
from it before adding the file to the resulting archive of debugging
information. An attacker able to access the archive could possibly use
this flaw to obtain the root user's password. '/root/anaconda-ks.cfg'
usually only contains a hash of the password, not the plain text
password. (CVE-2012-2664)

Note: This issue affected all installations, not only systems
installed via Kickstart. A '/root/anaconda-ks.cfg' file is created by
all installation types.

This updated sos package also includes numerous bug fixes and

All users of sos are advised to upgrade to this updated package, which
contains backported patches to correct these issues and add these

See also :

Solution :

Update the affected sos package.

Risk factor :

Medium / CVSS Base Score : 4.3

Family: Scientific Linux Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 61350 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2012-2664

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