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

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 61142


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


NetworkManager is a network link manager that attempts to keep a wired or

wireless network connection active at all times. The ifcfg-rh

NetworkManager plug-in is used in Scientific Linux distributions to

read and write configuration information from the

/etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-* files.

An input sanitization flaw was found in the way the ifcfg-rh NetworkManager

plug-in escaped network connection names containing special characters. If

PolicyKit was configured to allow local, unprivileged users to create and

save new network connections, they could create a connection with a

specially crafted name, leading to the escalation of their privileges.

Note: By default, PolicyKit prevents unprivileged users from creating and

saving network connections. (CVE-2011-3364)

Users of NetworkManager should upgrade to these updated packages, which

contain a backported patch to correct this issue. Running instances of

NetworkManager must be restarted ('service NetworkManager restart') for

this update to take effect.


Update the affected packages.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 61142

File Name: sl_20110926_NetworkManager_on_SL6_x.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.3 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2012/08/01

Modified: 2015/07/06

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: 2011/09/26

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2011-3364