Scientific Linux Security Update : autofs on SL5.x i386/x86_64

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 60330


The remote Scientific Linux host is missing a security update.


There was a security issue with the default installed configuration of autofs version 5 whereby the entry for the 'hosts' map did not specify the 'nosuid' mount option. A local user with control of a remote nfs server could create a setuid root executable within an exported filesystem on the remote nfs server that, if mounted using the default hosts map, would allow the user to gain root privileges.

NOTICE: Due to the fact that autofs always mounted hosts map entries suid by default, autofs has now been altered to always use the 'nosuid' option when mounting from the default hosts map. The 'suid' option must be explicitly given in the master map entry to revert to the old behavior. This change affects only the hosts map which corresponds to the /net entry in the default configuration.


Update the affected autofs package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 60330

File Name: sl_20071212_autofs_on_SL5_x.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.1 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2012/08/01

Modified: 2012/08/01

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.9

Vector: CVSS2#AV:L/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: x-cpe:/o:fermilab:scientific_linux

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

Patch Publication Date: 2007/12/12

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2007-5964

CWE: 16