RHEL 5 : freeradius2 (RHSA-2013:0134)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 63415


The remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.


Updated freeradius2 packages that fix one security issue and multiple bugs are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.

The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having low security impact. A Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base score, which gives a detailed severity rating, is available from the CVE link in the References section.

FreeRADIUS is an open source Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service (RADIUS) server which allows RADIUS clients to perform authentication against the RADIUS server. The RADIUS server may optionally perform accounting of its operations using the RADIUS protocol.

It was found that the 'unix' module ignored the password expiration setting in '/etc/shadow'. If FreeRADIUS was configured to use this module for user authentication, this flaw could allow users with an expired password to successfully authenticate, even though their access should have been denied. (CVE-2011-4966)

This update also fixes the following bugs :

* After log rotation, the freeradius logrotate script failed to reload the radiusd daemon and log messages were lost. This update has added a command to the freeradius logrotate script to reload the radiusd daemon and the radiusd daemon re-initializes and reopens its log files after log rotation as expected. (BZ#787111)

* The radtest script with the 'eap-md5' option failed because it passed the IP family argument when invoking the radeapclient utility and the radeapclient utility did not recognize the IP family. The radeapclient utility now recognizes the IP family argument and radtest now works with eap-md5 as expected. (BZ#846476)

* Previously, freeradius was compiled without the '--with-udpfromto' option. Consequently, with a multihomed server and explicitly specifying the IP address, freeradius sent the reply with the wrong IP source address. With this update, freeradius has been built with the '--with-udpfromto' configuration option and the RADIUS reply is always sourced from the IP address the request was sent to. (BZ#846471)

* Due to invalid syntax in the PostgreSQL admin schema file, the FreeRADIUS PostgreSQL tables failed to be created. With this update, the syntax has been adjusted and the tables are created as expected.

* FreeRADIUS has a thread pool that dynamically grows based on load.
If multiple threads using the 'rlm_perl()' function are spawned in quick succession, the FreeRADIUS server sometimes terminated unexpectedly with a segmentation fault due to parallel calls to the 'rlm_perl_clone()' function. With this update, a mutex for the threads has been added and the problem no longer occurs. (BZ#846475)

* The man page for 'rlm_dbm_parser' was incorrectly installed as 'rlm_dbm_parse', omitting the trailing 'r'. The man page now correctly appears as rlm_dbm_parser. (BZ#781877)

All users of freeradius2 are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which contain backported patches to correct these issues.
They are also advised to check for RPM backup files ending in '.rpmnew' or '.rpmsave' under the /etc/raddb/ directory after the update because the FreeRADIUS server will attempt to load every file it finds in its configuration directory. The extra files will often cause the wrong configuration values to be applied resulting in either unpredictable behavior or the failure of the server to initialize and run.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 63415

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2013-0134.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.14 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2013/01/08

Modified: 2017/01/05

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:freeradius2, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:freeradius2-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:freeradius2-krb5, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:freeradius2-ldap, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:freeradius2-mysql, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:freeradius2-perl, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:freeradius2-postgresql, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:freeradius2-python, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:freeradius2-unixODBC, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:freeradius2-utils, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/RedHat/release, Host/RedHat/rpm-list, Host/cpu

Patch Publication Date: 2013/01/08

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2011-4966

OSVDB: 89032

RHSA: 2013:0134