Scientific Linux Security Update : grub2 on SL7.x x86_64

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 87586


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


A flaw was found in the way the grub2 handled backspace characters entered in username and password prompts. An attacker with access to the system console could use this flaw to bypass grub2 password protection and gain administrative access to the system.

This update also fixes the following bug :

- When upgrading from Scientific Linux 7.1 and earlier, a configured boot password was not correctly migrated to the newly introduced user.cfg configuration files. This could possibly prevent system administrators from changing grub2 configuration during system boot even if they provided the correct password. This update corrects the password migration script and the incorrectly generated user.cfg file.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 87586

File Name: sl_20151215_grub2_on_SL7_x.nasl

Version: $Revision: 2.1 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2015/12/22

Modified: 2015/12/22

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: 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: 2015/12/15

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2015-8370