RHEL 7 : util-linux (RHSA-2016:2605)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 94568


The remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.


An update for util-linux is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.

Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having a security impact of Low. A Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base score, which gives a detailed severity rating, is available for each vulnerability from the CVE link(s) in the References section.

The util-linux packages contain a large variety of low-level system utilities that are necessary for a Linux system to function. Among others, these include the fdisk configuration tool and the login program.

Security Fix(es) :

* It was found that util-linux's libblkid library did not properly handle Extended Boot Record (EBR) partitions when reading MS-DOS partition tables. An attacker with physical USB access to a protected machine could insert a storage device with a specially crafted partition table that could, for example, trigger an infinite loop in systemd-udevd, resulting in a denial of service on that machine.

Red Hat would like to thank Michael Gruhn for reporting this issue.
Upstream acknowledges Christian Moch as the original reporter.

Additional Changes :

For detailed information on changes in this release, see the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3 Release Notes linked from the References section.


Update the affected packages.

See Also




Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 94568

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2016-2605.nasl

Version: $Revision: 2.5 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2016/11/04

Modified: 2018/01/25

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 4.7

Temporal Score: 3.9

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

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


Base Score: 4.3

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:P/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:H

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:libblkid, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:libblkid-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:libmount, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:libmount-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:libuuid, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:libuuid-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:util-linux, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:util-linux-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:uuidd, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:7

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2016/11/03

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-5011

OSVDB: 141270

RHSA: 2016:2605