RHEL 4 : initscripts (RHSA-2006:0016)

High Nessus Plugin ID 21029


The remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.


An updated initscripts package that fixes a privilege escalation issue and several bugs is now available.

This update has been rated as having moderate security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.

The initscripts package contains the basic system scripts used to boot your Red Hat system, change runlevels, and shut the system down cleanly. Initscripts also contains the scripts that activate and deactivate most network interfaces.

A bug was found in the way initscripts handled various environment variables when the /sbin/service command is run. It is possible for a local user with permissions to execute /sbin/service via sudo to execute arbitrary commands as the 'root' user. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) assigned the name CVE-2005-3629 to this issue.

The following issues have also been fixed in this update :

* extraneous characters were logged on bootup

* fsck was attempted on file systems marked with _netdev in rc.sysinit before they were available

* the dynamically-linked /sbin/multipath was called instead of the correct /sbin/multiplath.static

Additionally, this update includes support for partitioned multipath devices and a technology preview of static IP over InifiniBand.

All users of initscripts should upgrade to this updated package, which resolves these issues.


Update the affected initscripts package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 21029

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2006-0016.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.16 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2006/03/08

Modified: 2016/12/29

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.2

Vector: CVSS2#AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:initscripts, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:4

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

Patch Publication Date: 2006/03/07

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2006/03/07

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2005-3629

OSVDB: 23741

RHSA: 2006:0016