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

This script is Copyright (C) 2014 Tenable Network Security, Inc.


Synopsis :

The remote Scientific Linux host is missing one or more security
updates.

Description :

Multiple denial of service flaws were found in the way file parsed
certain Composite Document Format (CDF) files. A remote attacker could
use either of these flaws to crash file, or an application using file,
via a specially crafted CDF file. (CVE-2014-0237, CVE-2014-0238,
CVE-2014-3479, CVE-2014-3480, CVE-2012-1571)

Two denial of service flaws were found in the way file handled
indirect and search rules. A remote attacker could use either of these
flaws to cause file, or an application using file, to crash or consume
an excessive amount of CPU. (CVE-2014-1943, CVE-2014-2270)

This update also fixes the following bugs :

- Previously, the output of the 'file' command contained
redundant white spaces. With this update, the new
STRING_TRIM flag has been introduced to remove the
unnecessary white spaces.

- Due to a bug, the 'file' command could incorrectly
identify an XML document as a LaTex document. The
underlying source code has been modified to fix this bug
and the command now works as expected.

- Previously, the 'file' command could not recognize .JPG
files and incorrectly labeled them as 'Minix
filesystem'. This bug has been fixed and the command now
properly detects .JPG files.

- Under certain circumstances, the 'file' command
incorrectly detected NETpbm files as 'x86 boot sector'.
This update applies a patch to fix this bug and the
command now detects NETpbm files as expected.

- Previously, the 'file' command incorrectly identified
ASCII text files as a .PIC image file. With this update,
a patch has been provided to address this bug and the
command now correctly recognizes ASCII text files.

- On 32-bit PowerPC systems, the 'from' field was missing
from the output of the 'file' command. The underlying
source code has been modified to fix this bug and 'file'
output now contains the 'from' field as expected.

- The 'file' command incorrectly detected text files as
'RRDTool DB version ool - Round Robin Database Tool'.
This update applies a patch to fix this bug and the
command now correctly detects text files.

- Previously, the 'file' command supported only version 1
and 2 of the QCOW format. As a consequence, file was
unable to detect a 'qcow2 compat=1.1' file created on
Scientific Linux 7. With this update, support for QCOW
version 3 has been added so that the command now detects
such files as expected.

See also :

http://www.nessus.org/u?e6a15480

Solution :

Update the affected packages.

Risk factor :

Medium / CVSS Base Score : 5.0
(CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:P)

Family: Scientific Linux Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 78843 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2012-1571
CVE-2014-0237
CVE-2014-0238
CVE-2014-1943
CVE-2014-2270
CVE-2014-3479
CVE-2014-3480

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