Oracle Linux 5 : postgresql (ELSA-2012-1264)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 68621


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


From Red Hat Security Advisory 2012:1264 :

Updated postgresql packages that fix one security issue are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.

The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having moderate 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.

PostgreSQL is an advanced object-relational database management system (DBMS).

It was found that the optional PostgreSQL xml2 contrib module allowed local files and remote URLs to be read and written to with the privileges of the database server when parsing Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations (XSLT). An unprivileged database user could use this flaw to read and write to local files (such as the database's configuration files) and remote URLs they would otherwise not have access to by issuing a specially crafted SQL query. (CVE-2012-3488)

Red Hat would like to thank the PostgreSQL project for reporting this issue. Upstream acknowledges Peter Eisentraut as the original reporter.

All PostgreSQL users are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which contain a backported patch to correct this issue. If the postgresql service is running, it will be automatically restarted after installing this update.


Update the affected postgresql packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 68621

File Name: oraclelinux_ELSA-2012-1264.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.6 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2013/07/12

Modified: 2016/05/06

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 4.9

Temporal Score: 4.3

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:postgresql, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:postgresql-contrib, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:postgresql-devel, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:postgresql-docs, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:postgresql-libs, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:postgresql-pl, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:postgresql-python, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:postgresql-server, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:postgresql-tcl, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:postgresql-test, cpe:/o:oracle:linux:5

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

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2012/09/14

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-3488

BID: 55072

OSVDB: 84805

RHSA: 2012:1264