Fedora 17 : livecd-tools-17.17-1.fc17 (2013-9111)
High Nessus Plugin ID 67350
SynopsisThe remote Fedora host is missing a security update.
DescriptionThe livecd-tools package provides support for reading and executing Kickstart files in order to create a system image. It was discovered that livecd-tools gave the root user an empty password rather than leaving the password locked in situations where no 'rootpw' directive was used or when the 'rootpw --lock' directive was used within the Kickstart file, which could allow local users to gain access to the root account. (CVE-2013-2069)
Please note that livecd-tools is also used by appliance-tools to create images used for virtual machines, USB based systems, and so on.
Additionally, the Python script components of livecd-tools have been broken out into a separate package named python-imgcreate on some distributions (such as Fedora).
Red Hat would like to thank Amazon Web Services for reporting this issue. Amazon Web Services acknowledges Sylvain Beucler as the original reporter.
Note that Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the Fedora security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.
SolutionUpdate the affected livecd-tools package.