RHEL 2.1 : util-linux (RHSA-2004:056)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 12463


The remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.


Updated util-linux packages that fix an information leak in the login program are now available.

The util-linux package contains a large variety of low-level system utilities that are necessary for a Linux system to function.

In some situations, the login program could use a pointer that had been freed and reallocated. This could cause unintentional data leakage.

Note: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 is not vulnerable to this issue.

It is recommended that all users upgrade to these updated packages, which are not vulnerable to this issue.

Red Hat would like to thank Matthew Lee of Fleming College for finding and reporting this issue.


Update the affected util-linux package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 12463

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2004-056.nasl

Version: 1.29

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 7/6/2004

Updated: 1/14/2021

Supported Sensors: Agentless Assessment, Frictionless Assessment Agent, Frictionless Assessment AWS, Frictionless Assessment Azure, Nessus Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Low

Score: 3.4


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 5

Vector: AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:N/A:N

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:util-linux, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:2.1

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/RedHat/release, Host/RedHat/rpm-list, Host/cpu

Patch Publication Date: 2/3/2004

Vulnerability Publication Date: 3/3/2004

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2004-0080

RHSA: 2004:056