RHEL 5 : dstat (RHSA-2009:1619)
Medium Nessus Plugin ID 42945
SynopsisThe remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.
DescriptionAn updated dstat package that fixes one security issue is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.
This update has been rated as having moderate security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.
Dstat is a versatile replacement for the vmstat, iostat, and netstat tools. Dstat can be used for performance tuning tests, benchmarks, and troubleshooting.
Robert Buchholz of the Gentoo Security Team reported a flaw in the Python module search path used in dstat. If a local attacker could trick a local user into running dstat from a directory containing a Python script that is named like an importable module, they could execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running dstat.
All dstat users should upgrade to this updated package, which contains a backported patch to correct this issue.
SolutionUpdate the affected dstat package.