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

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 60671


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


A Red Hat specific patch used in the openssh packages as shipped in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4 (RHSA-2009:1287) loosened certain ownership requirements for directories used as arguments for the ChrootDirectory configuration options. A malicious user that also has or previously had non-chroot shell access to a system could possibly use this flaw to escalate their privileges and run commands as any system user. (CVE-2009-2904)

After installing this update, the OpenSSH server daemon (sshd) will be restarted automatically.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 60671

File Name: sl_20090930_openssh_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: 2009/09/30

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2009-2904

CWE: 16