RHEL 6 : glibc (RHSA-2011:1526)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 57011
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VPR Score: 5.9


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


Updated glibc packages that fix two security issues, several bugs, and add various enhancements are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.

The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having low security impact. Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base scores, which give detailed severity ratings, are available for each vulnerability from the CVE links in the References section.

The glibc packages contain the standard C libraries used by multiple programs on the system. These packages contain the standard C and the standard math libraries. Without these two libraries, a Linux system cannot function properly.

A flaw was found in the way the ldd utility identified dynamically linked libraries. If an attacker could trick a user into running ldd on a malicious binary, it could result in arbitrary code execution with the privileges of the user running ldd. (CVE-2009-5064)

It was found that the glibc addmntent() function, used by various mount helper utilities, did not handle certain errors correctly when updating the mtab (mounted file systems table) file. If such utilities had the setuid bit set, a local attacker could use this flaw to corrupt the mtab file. (CVE-2011-1089)

Red Hat would like to thank Dan Rosenberg for reporting the CVE-2011-1089 issue.

This update also fixes several bugs and adds various enhancements.
Documentation for these bug fixes and enhancements will be available shortly from the Technical Notes document, linked to in the References section.

Users are advised to upgrade to these updated glibc packages, which contain backported patches to resolve these issues and add these enhancements.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 57011

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2011-1526.nasl

Version: 1.19

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 12/6/2011

Updated: 1/14/2021

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium

VPR Score: 5.9

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 6.9

Temporal Score: 5.1

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

Temporal Vector: E:U/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:glibc, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:glibc-common, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:glibc-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:glibc-debuginfo-common, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:glibc-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:glibc-headers, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:glibc-static, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:glibc-utils, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:nscd, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:6

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

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 12/6/2011

Vulnerability Publication Date: 3/30/2011

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2009-5064, CVE-2011-1089

BID: 46740

RHSA: 2011:1526