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

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 61088


The remote Scientific Linux host is missing a security update.


Bash is the default shell for Scientific Linux.

It was found that certain scripts bundled with the Bash documentation created temporary files in an insecure way. A malicious, local user could use this flaw to conduct a symbolic link attack, allowing them to overwrite the contents of arbitrary files accessible to the victim running the scripts. (CVE-2008-5374)

This update fixes the following bugs :

- When using the source builtin at location '.', occasionally, bash opted to preserve internal consistency and abort scripts. This caused bash to abort scripts that assigned values to read-only variables.
This is now fixed to ensure that such scripts are now executed as written and not aborted.

- When the tab key was pressed for auto-completion options for the typed text, the cursor moved to an unexpected position on a previous line if the prompt contained characters that cannot be viewed and a '\]'. This is now fixed to retain the cursor at the expected position at the end of the target line after autocomplete options correctly display.

- Bash attempted to interpret the NOBITS .dynamic section of the ELF header. This resulted in a '^D: bad ELF interpreter: No such file or directory' message. This is fixed to ensure that the invalid '^D' does not appear in the error message.

- The $RANDOM variable in Bash carried over values from a previous execution for later jobs. This is fixed and the $RANDOM variable generates a new random number for each use.

- When Bash ran a shell script with an embedded null character, bash's source builtin parsed the script incorrectly. This is fixed and bash's source builtin correctly parses shell script null characters.

- The bash manual page for 'trap' did not mention that signals ignored upon entry cannot be listed later. The manual page was updated for this update and now specifically notes that 'Signals ignored upon entry to the shell cannot be trapped, reset or listed'.

- Bash's readline incorrectly displayed additional text when resizing the terminal window when text spanned more than one line, which caused incorrect display output.
This is now fixed to ensure that text in more than one line in a resized window displays as expected.

- Previously, bash incorrectly displayed 'Broken pipe' messages for builtins like 'echo' and 'printf' when output did not succeed due to EPIPE. This is fixed to ensure that the unnecessary 'Broken pipe' messages no longer display.

- Inserts with the repeat function were not possible after a deletion in vi-mode. This has been corrected and, with this update, the repeat function works as expected after a deletion.

- In some situations, bash incorrectly appended '/' to files instead of just directories during tab-completion, causing incorrect auto-completions. This is fixed and auto-complete appends '/' only to directories.

- Bash had a memory leak in the 'read' builtin when the number of fields being read was not equal to the number of variables passed as arguments, causing a shell script crash. This is fixed to prevent a memory leak and shell script crash.

- /usr/share/doc/bash-3.2/loadables in the bash package contained source files which would not build due to missing C header files. With this update, the unusable (and unbuildable) source files were removed from the package.

This update also adds the following enhancement :

- The system-wide '/etc/bash.bash_logout' bash logout file is now enabled. This allows administrators to write system-wide logout actions for all users.

Users of bash are advised to upgrade to this updated package, which contains backported patches to resolve these issues and add this enhancement.


Update the affected bash package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 61088

File Name: sl_20110721_bash_on_SL5_x.nasl

Version: 1.5

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2012/08/01

Updated: 2019/10/25

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium

CVSS v2.0

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: 2011/07/21

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2008/12/08

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-5374

CWE: 59