GLSA-200606-07 : Vixie Cron: Privilege Escalation

High Nessus Plugin ID 21680


The remote Gentoo host is missing one or more security-related patches.


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200606-07 (Vixie Cron: Privilege Escalation)

Roman Veretelnikov discovered that Vixie Cron fails to properly check whether it can drop privileges accordingly if setuid() in do_command.c fails due to a user exceeding assigned resource limits.
Impact :

Local users can execute code with root privileges by deliberately exceeding their assigned resource limits and then starting a command through Vixie Cron. This requires resource limits to be in place on the machine.
Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.


All Vixie Cron users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=sys-process/vixie-cron-4.1-r9'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 21680

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-200606-07.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.11 $

Type: local

Published: 2006/06/11

Modified: 2015/04/13

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:gentoo:linux:vixie-cron, cpe:/o:gentoo:linux

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/Gentoo/release, Host/Gentoo/qpkg-list

Patch Publication Date: 2006/06/09

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2006/05/24

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2006-2607

OSVDB: 25850

GLSA: 200606-07