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: $Revision: 1.22 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2004/07/06

Modified: 2016/12/28

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5

Vector: CVSS2#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: 2004/02/03

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2004/02/03

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2004-0080

OSVDB: 3796

RHSA: 2004:056