Scientific Linux Security Update : sos on SL6.x

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 61350


The remote Scientific Linux host is missing a security update.


The sos package contains a set of tools that gather information from system hardware, logs and configuration files. The information can then be used for diagnostic purposes and debugging.

The sosreport utility collected the Kickstart configuration file ('/root/anaconda-ks.cfg'), but did not remove the root user's password from it before adding the file to the resulting archive of debugging information. An attacker able to access the archive could possibly use this flaw to obtain the root user's password. '/root/anaconda-ks.cfg' usually only contains a hash of the password, not the plain text password. (CVE-2012-2664)

Note: This issue affected all installations, not only systems installed via Kickstart. A '/root/anaconda-ks.cfg' file is created by all installation types.

This updated sos package also includes numerous bug fixes and enhancements.

All users of sos are advised to upgrade to this updated package, which contains backported patches to correct these issues and add these enhancements.


Update the affected sos package.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 61350

File Name: sl_20120620_sos_on_SL6.nasl

Version: 1.2

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2012/08/01

Updated: 2018/12/31

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 4.3

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:N/A:N

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: 2012/06/20

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-2664