Scientific Linux Security Update : krb5 on SL4.x, SL5.x i386/x86_64

Critical Nessus Plugin ID 61214


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


Kerberos is a network authentication system which allows clients and servers to authenticate to each other using symmetric encryption and a trusted third- party, the Key Distribution Center (KDC).

A buffer overflow flaw was found in the MIT krb5 telnet daemon (telnetd). A remote attacker who can access the telnet port of a target machine could use this flaw to execute arbitrary code as root.

Note that the krb5 telnet daemon is not enabled by default in any version of Scientific Linux. In addition, the default firewall rules block remote access to the telnet port. This flaw does not affect the telnet daemon distributed in the telnet-server package.

For users who have installed the krb5-workstation package, have enabled the telnet daemon, and have it accessible remotely, this update should be applied immediately.

All krb5-workstation users should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain a backported patch to correct this issue.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 61214

File Name: sl_20111227_krb5_on_SL4_x.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.5 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2012/08/01

Modified: 2014/06/16

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Critical


Base Score: 10

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/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: 2011/12/27

Exploitable With

Core Impact

Metasploit (Linux BSD-derived Telnet Service Encryption Key ID Buffer Overflow)

ExploitHub (EH-11-760)

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2011-4862