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

High Nessus Plugin ID 60570


The remote Scientific Linux host is missing one or more security updates.


It was discovered that udev did not properly check the origin of Netlink messages. A local attacker could use this flaw to gain root privileges via a crafted Netlink message sent to udev, causing it to create a world-writable block device file for an existing system block device (for example, the root file system). (CVE-2009-1185)

After installing the update, the udevd daemon will be restarted automatically.


Update the affected libvolume_id, libvolume_id-devel and / or udev packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 60570

File Name: sl_20090416_udev_on_SL5_x.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.5 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2012/08/01

Modified: 2013/11/29

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.2

Vector: CVSS2#AV:L/AC:L/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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2009/04/16

Exploitable With


Core Impact

Metasploit (Linux udev Netlink Local Privilege Escalation)

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2009-1185

CWE: 20