Scientific Linux Security Update : automake on SL5.x (noarch) (20140916)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 77954


The remote Scientific Linux host is missing a security update.


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)


Update the affected automake package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 77954

File Name: sl_20140916_automake_on_SL5_x.nasl

Version: 1.5

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 9/29/2014

Updated: 1/14/2021

Supported Sensors: Nessus Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.8


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 4.4

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:automake, x-cpe:/o:fermilab:scientific_linux

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

Patch Publication Date: 9/16/2014

Vulnerability Publication Date: 8/7/2012

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-3386