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Vulnerability Assessment Details

RHSA-2005-033: alsa

Vulnerability Assessment Summary
Check for the version of the alsa packages

Detailed Explanation for this Vulnerability Assessment

An updated alsa-lib package that fixes a flaw that disabled stack execution
protection is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.

This update has been rated as having important security impact by the Red Hat
Security Response Team.

The alsa-lib package provides a library of functions for communication with
kernel sound drivers.

A flaw in the alsa mixer code was discovered that caused stack
execution protection to be disabled for the library.
The effect of this flaw is that stack execution protection, through NX or
Exec-Shield, would be disabled for any application linked to libasound.
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project ( has
assigned the name CVE-2005-0087 to this issue

Users are advised to upgrade to this updated package, which contains a
patched version of the library which correctly enables stack execution

Solution :
Network Security Threat Level: High

Networks Security ID:

Vulnerability Assessment Copyright: This script is Copyright (C) 2005 Tenable Network Security

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