RHEL 5 : sudo (RHSA-2013:1353)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 70249


The remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.


An updated sudo package that fixes multiple security issues and several bugs is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.

The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having low 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 sudo (superuser do) utility allows system administrators to give certain users the ability to run commands as root.

A flaw was found in the way sudo handled time stamp files. An attacker able to run code as a local user and with the ability to control the system clock could possibly gain additional privileges by running commands that the victim user was allowed to run via sudo, without knowing the victim's password. (CVE-2013-1775)

It was found that sudo did not properly validate the controlling terminal device when the tty_tickets option was enabled in the /etc/sudoers file. An attacker able to run code as a local user could possibly gain additional privileges by running commands that the victim user was allowed to run via sudo, without knowing the victim's password. (CVE-2013-1776, CVE-2013-2776)

This update also fixes the following bugs :

* Due to a bug in the cycle detection algorithm of the visudo utility, visudo incorrectly evaluated certain alias definitions in the /etc/sudoers file as cycles. Consequently, a warning message about undefined aliases appeared. This bug has been fixed, /etc/sudoers is now parsed correctly by visudo and the warning message no longer appears. (BZ#849679)

* Previously, the 'sudo -l' command did not parse the /etc/sudoers file correctly if it contained an Active Directory (AD) group. The file was parsed only up to the first AD group information and then the parsing failed with the following message :

sudo: unable to cache group ADDOM\admingroup, already exists

With this update, the underlying code has been modified and 'sudo -l' now parses /etc/sudoers containing AD groups correctly. (BZ#855836)

* Previously, the sudo utility did not escape the backslash characters contained in user names properly. Consequently, if a system used sudo integrated with LDAP or Active Directory (AD) as the primary authentication mechanism, users were not able to authenticate on that system. With this update, sudo has been modified to process LDAP and AD names correctly and the authentication process now works as expected. (BZ#869287)

* Prior to this update, the 'visudo -s (strict)' command incorrectly parsed certain alias definitions. Consequently, an error message was issued. The bug has been fixed, and parsing errors no longer occur when using 'visudo

* s'. (BZ#905624)

All sudo users are advised to upgrade to this updated package, which contains backported patches to correct these issues.


Update the affected sudo and / or sudo-debuginfo packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 70249

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2013-1353.nasl

Version: 1.15

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 10/1/2013

Updated: 1/14/2021

Supported Sensors: Frictionless Assessment Agent, Frictionless Assessment AWS, Frictionless Assessment Azure, Nessus Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Critical

Score: 9


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 6.9

Temporal Score: 5.7

Vector: AV:L/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

Temporal Vector: E:F/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:sudo, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:sudo-debuginfo, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 9/30/2013

Vulnerability Publication Date: 3/5/2013

Exploitable With


Metasploit (Mac OS X Sudo Password Bypass)

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2013-1775, CVE-2013-1776, CVE-2013-2776

BID: 58203, 58207

RHSA: 2013:1353