RHEL 4 / 5 : file (RHSA-2007:0391)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 25364


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.

The fix for CVE-2007-1536 introduced a new integer underflow flaw 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. (CVE-2007-2799)

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: Medium

ID: 25364

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2007-0391.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.19 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2007/06/01

Modified: 2016/12/29

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5.1

Temporal Score: 4.4

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

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:4.5, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5

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

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2007/05/30

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2007/05/23

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2007-2799

BID: 24146

OSVDB: 38498

RHSA: 2007:0391

CWE: 189