Scientific Linux Security Update : polkit on SL6.x i386/x86_64

High Nessus Plugin ID 70016


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


A race condition was found in the way the PolicyKit pkcheck utility checked process authorization when the process was specified by its process ID via the --process option. A local user could use this flaw to bypass intended PolicyKit authorizations and escalate their privileges. (CVE-2013-4288)

Note: Applications that invoke pkcheck with the --process option need to be modified to use the pid,pid-start-time,uid argument for that option, to allow pkcheck to check process authorization correctly.

The system must be rebooted for this update to take effect.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 70016

File Name: sl_20130919_polkit_on_SL6_x.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.2 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2013/09/20

Modified: 2013/10/06

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.2

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: x-cpe:/o:fermilab:scientific_linux

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

Patch Publication Date: 2013/09/19

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2013-4288