RHEL 3 / 4 / 5 : util-linux (RHSA-2007:0969)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 28242
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The remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.


Updated util-linux packages that fix a security issue are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3, 4, and 5.

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

The util-linux package contains a large variety of low-level system utilities that are necessary for a Linux system to function.

A flaw was discovered in the way that the mount and umount utilities used the setuid and setgid functions, which could lead to privileges being dropped improperly. A local user could use this flaw to run mount helper applications such as, mount.nfs, with additional privileges (CVE-2007-5191).

Users are advised to update to these erratum packages which contain a backported patch to correct this issue.


Update the affected losetup, mount and / or util-linux packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 28242

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2007-0969.nasl

Version: 1.25

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 11/16/2007

Updated: 1/14/2021

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 6.9

Vector: AV:L/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:losetup, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:mount, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:util-linux, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:3, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:4, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:4.6, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5.1

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

Patch Publication Date: 11/15/2007

Vulnerability Publication Date: 10/4/2007

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2007-5191

RHSA: 2007:0969

CWE: 264