Mandriva Linux Security Advisory : shadow-utils (MDVSA-2009:062)

High Nessus Plugin ID 36812


The remote Mandriva Linux host is missing a security update.


A security vulnerability has been identified and fixed in login application from shadow-utils, which could allow local users in the utmp group to overwrite arbitrary files via a symlink attack on a temporary file referenced in a line (aka ut_line) field in a utmp entry (CVE-2008-5394).

The updated packages have been patched to prevent this.

Note: Mandriva Linux is using login application from util-linux-ng by default, and therefore is not affected by this issue on default configuration.


Update the affected shadow-utils package.

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 36812

File Name: mandriva_MDVSA-2009-062.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.10 $

Type: local

Published: 2009/04/23

Modified: 2013/06/01

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:mandriva:linux:shadow-utils, cpe:/o:mandriva:linux:2008.0, cpe:/o:mandriva:linux:2008.1, cpe:/o:mandriva:linux:2009.0

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

Patch Publication Date: 2009/03/02

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-5394

MDVSA: 2009:062

CWE: 59