RHEL 4 : vixie-cron (RHSA-2006:0539)

High Nessus Plugin ID 22043


The remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.


Updated vixie-cron packages that fix a privilege escalation issue are now available.

This update has been rated as having important 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 privilege escalation flaw was found in the way Vixie Cron runs programs; vixie-cron does not properly verify an attempt to set the current process user id succeeded. It was possible for a malicious local users who exhausted certain limits to execute arbitrary commands as root via cron. (CVE-2006-2607)

All users of vixie-cron should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain a backported patch to correct this issue.


Update the affected vixie-cron package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 22043

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2006-0539.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.17 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2006/07/13

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:vixie-cron, 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: 2006/07/12

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2006/05/24

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2006-2607

OSVDB: 25850

RHSA: 2006:0539