Oracle Linux 6 : hivex (ELSA-2015-1378)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 85102


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


From Red Hat Security Advisory 2015:1378 :

Updated hivex packages that fix one security issue and one bug are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.

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

Hivex is a library that can read and write Hive files, undocumented binary files that Windows uses to store the Windows Registry on disk.

It was found that hivex attempted to read, and possibly write, beyond its allocated buffer when reading a hive file with a very small size or with a truncated or improperly formatted content. An attacker able to supply a specially crafted hive file to an application using the hivex library could possibly use this flaw to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running that application.

Red Hat would like to thank Mahmoud Al-Qudsi of NeoSmart Technologies for reporting this issue.

This update also fixes the following bug :

* The hivex(3) man page previously contained a typographical error.
This update fixes the typo. (BZ#1164693)

All hivex users are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which contain backported patches to correct these issues.


Update the affected hivex packages.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 85102

File Name: oraclelinux_ELSA-2015-1378.nasl

Version: $Revision: 2.4 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2015/07/30

Modified: 2015/12/04

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 4.6

Temporal Score: 4

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:ND/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:hivex, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:hivex-devel, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:ocaml-hivex, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:ocaml-hivex-devel, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:perl-hivex, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:python-hivex, cpe:/o:oracle:linux:6

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

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2015/07/29

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-9273

BID: 71279

OSVDB: 115209

RHSA: 2015:1378