Oracle Linux 6 : glibc (ELSA-2010-0872)

High Nessus Plugin ID 68141


The remote Oracle Linux host is missing one or more security updates.


From Red Hat Security Advisory 2010:0872 :

Updated glibc packages that fix two security issues and two bugs are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.

The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having important security impact. Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base scores, which give detailed severity ratings, are available for each vulnerability from the CVE links in the References section.

The glibc packages contain the standard C libraries used by multiple programs on the system. These packages contain the standard C and the standard math libraries. Without these two libraries, a Linux system cannot function properly.

It was discovered that the glibc dynamic linker/loader did not handle the $ORIGIN dynamic string token set in the LD_AUDIT environment variable securely. A local attacker with write access to a file system containing setuid or setgid binaries could use this flaw to escalate their privileges. (CVE-2010-3847)

It was discovered that the glibc dynamic linker/loader did not perform sufficient safety checks when loading dynamic shared objects (DSOs) to provide callbacks for its auditing API during the execution of privileged programs. A local attacker could use this flaw to escalate their privileges via a carefully-chosen system DSO library containing unsafe constructors. (CVE-2010-3856)

Red Hat would like to thank Tavis Ormandy for reporting the CVE-2010-3847 issue, and Ben Hawkes and Tavis Ormandy for reporting the CVE-2010-3856 issue.

This update also fixes the following bugs :

* Previously, the generic implementation of the strstr() and memmem() functions did not handle certain periodic patterns correctly and could find a false positive match. This error has been fixed, and both functions now work as expected. (BZ#643341)

* The 'TCB_ALIGNMENT' value has been increased to 32 bytes to prevent applications from crashing during symbol resolution on 64-bit systems with support for Intel AVX vector registers. (BZ#643343)

All users are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which contain backported patches to correct these issues.


Update the affected glibc packages.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 68141

File Name: oraclelinux_ELSA-2010-0872.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.7 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2013/07/12

Modified: 2018/02/14

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.2

Temporal Score: 6

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:glibc, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:glibc-common, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:glibc-devel, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:glibc-headers, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:glibc-static, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:glibc-utils, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:nscd, cpe:/o:oracle:linux:6

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: 2011/02/16

Exploitable With


Core Impact

Metasploit (glibc LD_AUDIT Arbitrary DSO Load Privilege Escalation)

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2010-3847, CVE-2010-3856

BID: 44154, 44347

OSVDB: 68721, 68920

RHSA: 2010:0872