Scientific Linux Security Update : coreutils on SL4.x i386/x86_64

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 60450


The remote Scientific Linux host is missing a security update.


The coreutils packages were found to not use the pam_succeed_if Pluggable Authentication Module (PAM) correctly in the configuration file for the 'su' command. Any local user could use this command to change to a locked or expired user account if the target account's password was known to the user running 'su'. These updated packages, correctly, only allow the root user to switch to locked or expired accounts using 'su'. (CVE-2008-1946)


Update the affected coreutils package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 60450

File Name: sl_20080724_coreutils_on_SL4_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: 4.4

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

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: 2008/07/24

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-1946

CWE: 264