RHEL 3 : initscripts (RHSA-2006:0015)
High Nessus Plugin ID 21086
SynopsisThe remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.
DescriptionUpdated initscripts packages that fix a privilege escalation issue and several bugs are 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 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 would be attempted on filesystems marked with _netdev in rc.sysinit before they were available.
Additionally, support for multi-core Itanium processors has been added to redhat-support-check.
All users of initscripts should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain backported patches to resolve these issues.
SolutionUpdate the affected initscripts package.