RHEL 4 / 5 : file (RHSA-2007:0124)

High Nessus Plugin ID 24897


The remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.


An updated file package that fixes a security flaw is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5.

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

The file command is used to identify a particular file according to the type of data contained by the file.

An integer underflow flaw was found in the file utility. An attacker could create a carefully crafted file which, if examined by a victim using the file utility, could lead to arbitrary code execution.

This issue did not affect the version of the file utility distributed with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1 or 3.

Users should upgrade to this erratum package, which contain a backported patch to correct this issue.


Update the affected file package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 24897

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2007-0124.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.19 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2007/03/26

Modified: 2016/12/29

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 9.3

Temporal Score: 8.1

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:file, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:4, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2007/03/23

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2007/02/08

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2007-1536

BID: 23021

OSVDB: 34285

RHSA: 2007:0124