Scientific Linux Security Update : libXfont on SL5.x i386/x86_64

High Nessus Plugin ID 79427


The remote Scientific Linux host is missing one or more security updates.


A use-after-free flaw was found in the way libXfont processed certain font files when attempting to add a new directory to the font path. A malicious, local user could exploit this issue to potentially execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the X.Org server.

Multiple out-of-bounds write flaws were found in the way libXfont parsed replies received from an font server. A malicious server could cause an X client to crash or, possibly, execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the X.Org server.
(CVE-2014-0210, CVE-2014-0211)

All running X.Org server instances must be restarted for the update to take effect.


Update the affected libXfont, libXfont-debuginfo and / or libXfont-devel packages.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 79427

File Name: sl_20141124_libXfont_on_SL5_x.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.1 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2014/11/25

Modified: 2014/11/25

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.5

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: 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: 2014/11/24

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-0209, CVE-2014-0210, CVE-2014-0211