Oracle Linux 5 : automake (ELSA-2014-1243)

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Synopsis :

The remote Oracle Linux host is missing a security update.

Description :

From Red Hat Security Advisory 2014:1243 :

An updated automake package that fixes one security issue is now
available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.

Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having Low 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.

Automake is a tool for automatically generating Makefile.in files
compliant with the GNU Coding Standards.

It was found that the distcheck rule in Automake-generated Makefiles
made a directory world-writable when preparing source archives. If a
malicious, local user could access this directory, they could execute
arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running 'make
distcheck'. (CVE-2012-3386)

Red Hat would like to thank Jim Meyering for reporting this issue.
Upstream acknowledges Stefano Lattarini as the original reporter.

All automake users are advised to upgrade to this updated package,
which contains a backported patch to correct this issue.

See also :

https://oss.oracle.com/pipermail/el-errata/2014-September/004458.html

Solution :

Update the affected automake package.

Risk factor :

Medium / CVSS Base Score : 4.4
(CVSS2#AV:L/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P)
CVSS Temporal Score : 3.6
(CVSS2#E:F/RL:OF/RC:ND)
Public Exploit Available : true

Family: Oracle Linux Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 77736 ()

Bugtraq ID: 54418

CVE ID: CVE-2012-3386

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