Oracle Linux 5 : autofs (ELSA-2007-1128)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 67621


The remote Oracle Linux host is missing a security update.


From Red Hat Security Advisory 2007:1128 :

Updated autofs packages are now available to fix a security flaw for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.

This update has been rated as having important security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.

The autofs utility controls the operation of the automount daemon, which automatically mounts and unmounts file systems after a period of inactivity.

There was a security issue with the default installed configuration of autofs version 5 whereby the entry for the 'hosts' map did not specify the 'nosuid' mount option. A local user with control of a remote nfs server could create a setuid root executable within an exported filesystem on the remote nfs server that, if mounted using the default hosts map, would allow the user to gain root privileges.

Due to the fact that autofs always mounted hosts map entries suid by default, autofs has now been altered to always use the 'nosuid' option when mounting from the default hosts map. The 'suid' option must be explicitly given in the master map entry to revert to the old behavior. This change affects only the hosts map which corresponds to the /net entry in the default configuration.

Users are advised to upgrade to these updated autofs packages, which resolve this issue.

Red Hat would like to thank Josh Lange for reporting this issue.


Update the affected autofs package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 67621

File Name: oraclelinux_ELSA-2007-1128.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.4 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2013/07/12

Modified: 2015/12/01

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.9

Temporal Score: 6

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:ND/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:autofs, cpe:/o:oracle:linux:5

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2007/12/12

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2007-5964

BID: 26841

OSVDB: 40441

RHSA: 2007:1128

CWE: 16