Oracle Linux 5 / 6 : boost (ELSA-2013-0668)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 68794


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


From Red Hat Security Advisory 2013:0668 :

Updated boost packages that fix one security issue are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and 6.

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.

The boost packages provide free, peer-reviewed, portable C++ source libraries with emphasis on libraries which work well with the C++ Standard Library.

A flaw was found in the way the ordered_malloc() routine in Boost sanitized the 'next_size' and 'max_size' parameters when allocating memory. If an application used the Boost C++ libraries for memory allocation, and performed memory allocation based on user-supplied input, an attacker could use this flaw to crash the application or, potentially, execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running the application. (CVE-2012-2677)

All users of boost are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which contain a backported patch to fix this issue.


Update the affected boost packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 68794

File Name: oraclelinux_ELSA-2013-0668.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.5 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2013/07/12

Modified: 2016/05/06

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 4.3

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:boost, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:boost-date-time, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:boost-devel, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:boost-doc, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:boost-filesystem, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:boost-graph, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:boost-graph-mpich2, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:boost-graph-openmpi, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:boost-iostreams, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:boost-math, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:boost-mpich2, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:boost-mpich2-devel, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:boost-mpich2-python, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:boost-openmpi, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:boost-openmpi-devel, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:boost-openmpi-python, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:boost-program-options, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:boost-python, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:boost-regex, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:boost-serialization, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:boost-signals, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:boost-static, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:boost-system, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:boost-test, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:boost-thread, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:boost-wave, cpe:/o:oracle:linux:5, cpe:/o:oracle:linux:6

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: 2013/03/22

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-2677

BID: 54233

RHSA: 2013:0668