Scientific Linux Security Update : polkit on SL6.x i386/x86_64

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 61021


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


A race condition flaw was found in the PolicyKit pkexec utility and polkitd daemon. A local user could use this flaw to appear as a privileged user to pkexec, allowing them to execute arbitrary commands as root by running those commands with pkexec. (CVE-2011-1485)

The system must be rebooted for this update to take effect.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 61021

File Name: sl_20110419_polkit_on_SL6_x.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.2 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2012/08/01

Modified: 2014/10/20

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2011/04/19

Exploitable With


Core Impact

Metasploit (Linux PolicyKit Race Condition Privilege Escalation)

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2011-1485