Oracle Linux 5 : automake (ELSA-2014-1243)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 77736


The remote Oracle Linux host is missing a security update.


From Red Hat Security Advisory 2014:1243 :

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 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: 77736

File Name: oraclelinux_ELSA-2014-1243.nasl

Version: 1.9

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 9/18/2014

Updated: 1/14/2021

Supported Sensors: Frictionless Assessment Agent, Nessus Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.8


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 4.4

Temporal Score: 3.3

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:automake, cpe:/o:oracle:linux:5

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

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 9/17/2014

Vulnerability Publication Date: 8/7/2012

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-3386

BID: 54418

RHSA: 2014:1243