RHEL 7 : polkit-qt (RHSA-2014:1359)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 78073


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


Updated polkit-qt packages that fix one security issue are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.

Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having Important 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.

Polkit-qt is a library that lets developers use the PolicyKit API through a Qt-styled API. The polkit-qt library is used by the KDE Authentication Agent (KAuth), which is a part of kdelibs.

It was found that polkit-qt handled authorization requests with PolicyKit via a D-Bus API that is vulnerable to a race condition. A local user could use this flaw to bypass intended PolicyKit authorizations. This update modifies polkit-qt to communicate with PolicyKit via a different API that is not vulnerable to the race condition. (CVE-2014-5033)

All polkit-qt users are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which contain a backported patch to correct this issue.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 78073

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2014-1359.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.5 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2014/10/07

Modified: 2017/01/06

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.9

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:polkit-qt, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:polkit-qt-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:polkit-qt-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:polkit-qt-doc, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:7

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

Patch Publication Date: 2014/10/06

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-5033

RHSA: 2014:1359