Oracle Linux 3 / 4 / 5 : net-snmp (ELSA-2008-0971)
Medium Nessus Plugin ID 67761
SynopsisThe remote Oracle Linux host is missing one or more security updates.
DescriptionFrom Red Hat Security Advisory 2008:0971 :
Updated net-snmp packages that fix a security issue are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3, 4, and 5.
This update has been rated as having important security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.
The Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) is a protocol used for network management.
A denial-of-service flaw was found in the way Net-SNMP processes SNMP GETBULK requests. A remote attacker who issued a specially crafted request could cause the snmpd server to crash. (CVE-2008-4309)
Note: An attacker must have read access to the SNMP server in order to exploit this flaw. In the default configuration, the community name 'public' grants read-only access. In production deployments, it is recommended to change this default community name.
All users of net-snmp should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain a backported patch to resolve this issue.
SolutionUpdate the affected net-snmp packages.