RHEL 6 : busybox (RHSA-2013:1732)

High Nessus Plugin ID 71018


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


Updated busybox packages that fix one security issue and several bugs are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.

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

BusyBox provides a single binary that includes versions of a large number of system commands, including a shell. This can be very useful for recovering from certain types of system failures, particularly those involving broken shared libraries.

It was found that the mdev BusyBox utility could create certain directories within /dev with world-writable permissions. A local unprivileged user could use this flaw to manipulate portions of the /dev directory tree. (CVE-2013-1813)

This update also fixes the following bugs :

* Previously, due to a too eager string size optimization on the IBM System z architecture, the 'wc' BusyBox command failed after processing standard input with the following error :

wc: : No such file or directory

This bug was fixed by disabling the string size optimization and the 'wc' command works properly on IBM System z architectures. (BZ#820097)

* Prior to this update, the 'mknod' command was unable to create device nodes with a major or minor number larger than 255.
Consequently, the kdump utility failed to handle such a device. The underlying source code has been modified, and it is now possible to use the 'mknod' command to create device nodes with a major or minor number larger than 255. (BZ#859817)

* If a network installation from an NFS server was selected, the 'mount' command used the UDP protocol by default. If only TCP mounts were supported by the server, this led to a failure of the mount command. As a result, Anaconda could not continue with the installation. This bug is now fixed and NFS mount operations default to the TCP protocol. (BZ#855832)

All busybox users are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which contain backported patches to correct these issues.


Update the affected busybox and / or busybox-petitboot packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 71018

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2013-1732.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.7 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2013/11/21

Modified: 2017/01/05

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.2

Temporal Score: 6.3

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:busybox, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:busybox-petitboot, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:6

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: 2013/11/21

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2013-1813

BID: 58249

OSVDB: 90748

RHSA: 2013:1732