RHEL 5 : krb5 (RHSA-2011:1853)
Critical Nessus Plugin ID 64017
SynopsisThe remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.
DescriptionUpdated krb5 packages that fix one security issue are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 Extended Life Cycle Support, 5.3 Long Life and 5.6 Extended Update Support
The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having critical 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.
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 Red Hat Enterprise 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.
SolutionUpdate the affected packages.