RHEL 5 : automake (RHSA-2014:1243)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 77696


The remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.


An updated automake package that fixes one security issue is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.

Red Hat Product Security 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.

Automake is a tool for automatically generating Makefile.in files compliant with the GNU Coding Standards.

It was found that the distcheck rule in Automake-generated Makefiles made a directory world-writable when preparing source archives. If a malicious, local user could access this directory, they could execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running 'make distcheck'. (CVE-2012-3386)

Red Hat would like to thank Jim Meyering for reporting this issue.
Upstream acknowledges Stefano Lattarini as the original reporter.

All automake users are advised to upgrade to this updated package, which contains a backported patch to correct this issue.


Update the affected automake package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 77696

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2014-1243.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.8 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2014/09/16

Modified: 2017/01/06

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 4.4

Temporal Score: 3.6

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:automake, 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: 2014/09/16

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-3386

BID: 54418

OSVDB: 83763

RHSA: 2014:1243