RHEL 3 : vixie-cron (RHSA-2006:0117)

Low Nessus Plugin ID 21088


The remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.


An updated vixie-cron package that fixes a bug and security issue is now available.

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

The vixie-cron package contains the Vixie version of cron. Cron is a standard UNIX daemon that runs specified programs at scheduled times.

A bug was found in the way vixie-cron installs new crontab files. It is possible for a local attacker to execute the crontab command in such a way that they can view the contents of another user's crontab file. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project assigned the name CVE-2005-1038 to this issue.

This update also fixes an issue where cron jobs could start before their scheduled time.

All users of vixie-cron should upgrade to this updated package, which contains backported patches and is not vulnerable to these issues.


Update the affected vixie-cron package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Low

ID: 21088

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2006-0117.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.18 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2006/03/16

Modified: 2016/12/29

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Low


Base Score: 2.1

Temporal Score: 1.8

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:ND/RL:OF/RC:ND

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:vixie-cron, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:3

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: No exploit is required

Patch Publication Date: 2006/03/15

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2005-1038

BID: 13024

RHSA: 2006:0117