util-linux information leak

utillinux-information-leak (15016) The risk level is classified as MediumMedium Risk


The util-linux package included with Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS, ES, WS, and Advanced Workstation could allow a local attacker to obtain sensitive information, caused by a vulnerability in the login program. The login program may leak information caused by a pointer that has been freed and reallocated. A local attacker could exploit this vulnerability to obtain sensitive information.


Obtain Information


For Red Hat Linux:
Upgrade to the latest util-linux package, as listed below. Refer to RHSA-2004:056-05 for more information. See References.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS (v. 2.1): 2.11f-20.4 or later

Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES (v. 2.1): 2.11f-20.4 or later

Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS (v. 2.1): 2.11f-20.4 or later

Red Hat Linux Advanced Workstation 2.1 for the Itanium Processor: 2.11f-20.4 or later

For Caldera OpenLinux 3.1.1 (Workstation and Server):
Upgrade to the latest version of util-linux (2.12-1 or later), as listed in SCO Security Advisory CSSA-2004-016.0. See References.

For Gentoo Linux:
Upgrade to the latest version of util-linux (2.12 or later), as listed in Gentoo Security Advisory GLSA 200404-06. See References.

For other distributions:
Contact your vendor for upgrade or patch information.


Platforms Affected:

  • Gentoo Linux
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 2.1 AS
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 2.1 AW
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 2.1 WS
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 2.1 ES
  • RedHat Linux Advanced Workstation 2.1 Itanium
  • SCO Caldera OpenLinux Server 3.1.1
  • SCO Caldera OpenLinux Workstation 3.1.1


Feb 03, 2004

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