RHEL 5 : dbus (RHSA-2008:0159)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 31308


The remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.


Updated dbus packages that fix an issue with circumventing the security policy are now available.

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

D-Bus is a system for sending messages between applications. It is used both for the system-wide message bus service, and as a per-user-login-session messaging facility.

Havoc Pennington discovered a flaw in the way the dbus-daemon applies its security policy. A user with the ability to connect to the dbus-daemon may be able to execute certain method calls they should normally not have permission to access. (CVE-2008-0595)

Red Hat does not ship any applications in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 that would allow a user to leverage this flaw to elevate their privileges.

This flaw does not affect the version of D-Bus shipped in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.

All users are advised to upgrade to these updated dbus packages, which contain a backported patch and are not vulnerable to this issue.


Update the affected dbus, dbus-devel and / or dbus-x11 packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 31308

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2008-0159.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.17 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2008/02/28

Modified: 2017/01/03

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 4.6

Temporal Score: 4

Vector: CVSS2#AV:L/AC:L/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:dbus, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:dbus-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:dbus-x11, 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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2008/02/27

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-0595

BID: 28023

OSVDB: 43038

RHSA: 2008:0159

CWE: 264