RHEL 5 / 6 : spacewalk-java in Satellite Server (RHSA-2013:1514)

High Nessus Plugin ID 70871


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


Updated spacewalk-java packages that fix one security issue are now available for Red Hat Satellite 5.3, 5.4, 5.5 and 5.6.

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

Red Hat Satellite is a systems management tool for Linux-based infrastructures. It allows for provisioning, monitoring, and remote management of multiple Linux deployments with a single, centralized tool. The spacewalk-java packages contain the code for the Java version of the Spacewalk Website.

It was found that the web interface provided by Red Hat Satellite to create the initial administrator user was not disabled after the initial user was created. A remote attacker could use this flaw to create an administrator user with credentials they specify. This user could then be used to assume control of the Satellite server.

This issue was discovered by Andrew Spurrier of Red Hat.

All spacewalk-java users are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which contain a backported patch to correct this issue.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 70871

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2013-1514.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.5 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2013/11/13

Modified: 2014/09/09

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 6.5

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:spacewalk-java, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:spacewalk-java-config, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:spacewalk-java-lib, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:spacewalk-java-oracle, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:spacewalk-java-postgresql, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:spacewalk-taskomatic, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:6

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

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2013/11/12

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2013/11/17

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2013-4480

BID: 63694

OSVDB: 99691

RHSA: 2013:1514