Oracle Linux 6 : coreutils (ELSA-2013-1652)
Medium Nessus Plugin ID 71109
SynopsisThe remote Oracle Linux host is missing one or more security updates.
DescriptionFrom Red Hat Security Advisory 2013:1652 :
Updated coreutils packages that fix three security issues, several bugs, and add two enhancements are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.
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 coreutils package contains the core GNU utilities. It is a combination of the old GNU fileutils, sh-utils, and textutils packages.
It was discovered that the sort, uniq, and join utilities did not properly restrict the use of the alloca() function. An attacker could use this flaw to crash those utilities by providing long input strings. (CVE-2013-0221, CVE-2013-0222, CVE-2013-0223)
These updated coreutils packages include numerous bug fixes and two enhancements. Space precludes documenting all of these changes in this advisory. Users are directed to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 Technical Notes, linked to in the References, for information on the most significant of these changes.
All coreutils users are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which contain backported patches to correct these issues and add these enhancements.
SolutionUpdate the affected coreutils packages.