Scientific Linux Security Update : glibc on SL7.x x86_64

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 80162


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


It was found that the wordexp() function would perform command substitution even when the WRDE_NOCMD flag was specified. An attacker able to provide specially crafted input to an application using the wordexp() function, and not sanitizing the input correctly, could potentially use this flaw to execute arbitrary commands with the credentials of the user running that application. (CVE-2014-7817)

This update also fixes the following bug :

- Prior to this update, if a file stream that was opened in append mode and its underlying file descriptor were used at the same time and the file was truncated using the ftruncate() function on the file descriptor, a subsequent ftell() call on the stream incorrectly modified the file offset by seeking to the new end of the file. This update ensures that ftell() modifies the state of the file stream only when it is in append mode and its buffer is not empty. As a result, the described incorrect changes to the file offset no longer occur.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 80162

File Name: sl_20141218_glibc_on_SL7_x.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.4 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2014/12/22

Modified: 2016/02/28

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 4.6

Vector: CVSS2#AV:L/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: 2014/12/18

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-7817