Scientific Linux Security Update : glibc on SL5.x i386/x86_64 (20120213)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 61244
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Synopsis

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

Description

The glibc packages contain the standard C libraries used by multiple programs on the system. These packages contain the standard C and the standard math libraries. Without these two libraries, a Linux system cannot function properly.

An integer overflow flaw, leading to a heap-based buffer overflow, was found in the way the glibc library read timezone files. If a carefully-crafted timezone file was loaded by an application linked against glibc, it could cause the application to crash or, potentially, execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running the application. (CVE-2009-5029)

A flaw was found in the way the ldd utility identified dynamically linked libraries. If an attacker could trick a user into running ldd on a malicious binary, it could result in arbitrary code execution with the privileges of the user running ldd. (CVE-2009-5064)

An integer overflow flaw, leading to a heap-based buffer overflow, was found in the way the glibc library loaded ELF (Executable and Linking Format) files. If a carefully-crafted ELF file was loaded by an application linked against glibc, it could cause the application to crash or, potentially, execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running the application. (CVE-2010-0830)

It was found that the glibc addmntent() function, used by various mount helper utilities, did not handle certain errors correctly when updating the mtab (mounted file systems table) file. If such utilities had the setuid bit set, a local attacker could use this flaw to corrupt the mtab file. (CVE-2011-1089)

A denial of service flaw was found in the remote procedure call (RPC) implementation in glibc. A remote attacker able to open a large number of connections to an RPC service that is using the RPC implementation from glibc, could use this flaw to make that service use an excessive amount of CPU time. (CVE-2011-4609)

Users should upgrade to these updated packages, which resolve these issues.

Solution

Update the affected packages.

See Also

http://www.nessus.org/u?b70164f6

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 61244

File Name: sl_20120213_glibc_on_SL5_x.nasl

Version: 1.7

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 8/1/2012

Updated: 1/14/2021

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information

VPR

Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.7

CVSS v2

Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 6.9

Vector: AV:L/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:glibc, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:glibc-common, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:glibc-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:glibc-debuginfo-common, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:glibc-devel, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:glibc-headers, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:glibc-utils, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:nscd, 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: 2/13/2012

Vulnerability Publication Date: 6/1/2010

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2009-5029, CVE-2009-5064, CVE-2010-0830, CVE-2011-1089, CVE-2011-4609