RHEL 6 : glibc (RHSA-2012:1098)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 60058


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


Updated glibc packages that fix three security issues and one bug are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.

The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having moderate 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 provide the standard C and standard math libraries used by multiple programs on the system. Without these libraries, the Linux system cannot function properly.

Multiple errors in glibc's formatted printing functionality could allow an attacker to bypass FORTIFY_SOURCE protections and execute arbitrary code using a format string flaw in an application, even though these protections are expected to limit the impact of such flaws to an application abort. (CVE-2012-3404, CVE-2012-3405, CVE-2012-3406)

This update also fixes the following bug :

* A programming error caused an internal array of nameservers to be only partially initialized when the /etc/resolv.conf file contained IPv6 nameservers. Depending on the contents of a nearby structure, this could cause certain applications to terminate unexpectedly with a segmentation fault. The programming error has been fixed, which restores proper behavior with IPv6 nameservers listed in the /etc/resolv.conf file. (BZ#837026)

All users of glibc are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which contain backported patches to fix these issues.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 60058

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2012-1098.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.17 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2012/07/19

Modified: 2017/01/05

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.8

Temporal Score: 5.9

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:M/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: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, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:6.3

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

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2012/07/18

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-3404, CVE-2012-3405, CVE-2012-3406

BID: 54374

OSVDB: 88150

RHSA: 2012:1098