RHEL 5 : nfs-utils (RHSA-2009:1321)

High Nessus Plugin ID 40838


The remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.


An updated nfs-utils package that fixes a security issue and several bugs is now available.

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

The nfs-utils package provides a daemon for the kernel NFS server and related tools.

It was discovered that nfs-utils did not use tcp_wrappers correctly.
Certain hosts access rules defined in '/etc/hosts.allow' and '/etc/hosts.deny' may not have been honored, possibly allowing remote attackers to bypass intended access restrictions. (CVE-2008-4552)

This updated package also fixes the following bugs :

* the 'LOCKD_TCPPORT' and 'LOCKD_UDPPORT' options in '/etc/sysconfig/nfs' were not honored: the lockd daemon continued to use random ports. With this update, these options are honored.

* it was not possible to mount NFS file systems from a system that has the '/etc/' directory mounted on a read-only file system (this could occur on systems with an NFS-mounted root file system). With this update, it is possible to mount NFS file systems from a system that has '/etc/' mounted on a read-only file system. (BZ#450646)

* arguments specified by 'STATDARG=' in '/etc/sysconfig/nfs' were removed by the nfslock init script, meaning the arguments specified were never passed to rpc.statd. With this update, the nfslock init script no longer removes these arguments. (BZ#459591)

* when mounting an NFS file system from a host not specified in the NFS server's '/etc/exports' file, a misleading 'unknown host' error was logged on the server (the hostname lookup did not fail). With this update, a clearer error message is provided for these situations.

* the nhfsstone benchmark utility did not work with NFS version 3 and 4. This update adds support to nhfsstone for NFS version 3 and 4. The new nhfsstone '-2', '-3', and '-4' options are used to select an NFS version (similar to nfsstat(8)). (BZ#465933)

* the exportfs(8) manual page contained a spelling mistake, 'djando', in the EXAMPLES section. (BZ#474848)

* in some situations the NFS server incorrectly refused mounts to hosts that had a host alias in a NIS netgroup. (BZ#478952)

* in some situations the NFS client used its cache, rather than using the latest version of a file or directory from a given export. This update adds a new mount option, 'lookupcache=', which allows the NFS client to control how it caches files and directories. Note: The Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4 kernel update (the fourth regular update) must be installed in order to use the 'lookupcache=' option. Also, 'lookupcache=' is currently only available for NFS version 3. Support for NFS version 4 may be introduced in future Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 updates. Refer to Red Hat Bugzilla #511312 for further information.

Users of nfs-utils should upgrade to this updated package, which contains backported patches to correct these issues. After installing this update, the nfs service will be restarted automatically.


Update the affected nfs-utils package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 40838

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2009-1321.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.17 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2009/09/02

Modified: 2017/01/03

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 6.5

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/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:nfs-utils, 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: 2009/09/02

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-4552

BID: 31823

RHSA: 2009:1321

CWE: 264