CentOS 7 : glibc (CESA-2015:0327)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 81889


The remote CentOS host is missing one or more security updates.


Updated glibc packages that fix two security issues and several bugs are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.

Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having Moderate security impact. Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base scores, which give detailed severity ratings, are available for each vulnerability from the CVE links in the References section.

The glibc packages provide the standard C libraries (libc), POSIX thread libraries (libpthread), standard math libraries (libm), and the Name Server Caching Daemon (nscd) used by multiple programs on the system. Without these libraries, the Linux system cannot function correctly.

An out-of-bounds read flaw was found in the way glibc's iconv() function converted certain encoded data to UTF-8. An attacker able to make an application call the iconv() function with a specially crafted argument could use this flaw to crash that application.

It was found that the files back end of Name Service Switch (NSS) did not isolate iteration over an entire database from key-based look-up API calls. An application performing look-ups on a database while iterating over it could enter an infinite loop, leading to a denial of service. (CVE-2014-8121)

This update also fixes the following bugs :

* Due to problems with buffer extension and reallocation, the nscd daemon terminated unexpectedly with a segmentation fault when processing long netgroup entries. With this update, the handling of long netgroup entries has been corrected and nscd no longer crashes in the described scenario. (BZ#1138520)

* If a file opened in append mode was truncated with the ftruncate() function, a subsequent ftell() call could incorrectly modify the file offset. This update ensures that ftell() modifies the stream state only when it is in append mode and the buffer for the stream is not empty. (BZ#1156331)

* A defect in the C library headers caused builds with older compilers to generate incorrect code for the btowc() function in the older compatibility C++ standard library. Applications calling btowc() in the compatibility C++ standard library became unresponsive. With this update, the C library headers have been corrected, and the compatibility C++ standard library shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux has been rebuilt. Applications that rely on the compatibility C++ standard library no longer hang when calling btowc(). (BZ#1120490)

* Previously, when using netgroups and the nscd daemon was set up to cache netgroup information, the sudo utility denied access to valid users. The bug in nscd has been fixed, and sudo now works in netgroups as expected. (BZ#1080766)

Users of glibc are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which fix these issues.


Update the affected glibc packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 81889

File Name: centos_RHSA-2015-0327.nasl

Version: 1.10

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 3/18/2015

Updated: 1/4/2021

Supported Sensors: Frictionless Assessment AWS, Frictionless Assessment Azure, Frictionless Assessment Agent, Agentless Assessment, Nessus

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 4.4


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 3.7

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2014-6040

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:glibc, p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:glibc-common, p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:glibc-devel, p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:glibc-headers, p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:glibc-static, p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:glibc-utils, p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:nscd, cpe:/o:centos:centos:7

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

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 3/17/2015

Vulnerability Publication Date: 12/5/2014

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-6040, CVE-2014-8121

BID: 73038

RHSA: 2015:0327