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Vulnerability Assessment Details
Check for the version of the vixie packages
Detailed Explanation for this Vulnerability Assessment
An updated vixie-cron package that fixes various bugs and a security issue
is now available.
This update has been rated as having low security impact by the Red Hat
Security Response Team.
The vixie-cron package contains the Vixie version of cron. Cron is a
standard UNIX daemon that runs specified programs at scheduled times.
A bug was found in the way vixie-cron installs new crontab files. It is
possible for a local attacker to execute the crontab command in such a way
that they can view the contents of another user's crontab file. The Common
Vulnerabilities and Exposures project assigned the name CVE-2005-1038 to
Additionally, this update addresses the following issues:
o Fixed improper limits on filename and command line lengths
o Improved PAM access control conforming to EAL certification requirements
o Improved reliability when running in a chroot environment
o Mail recipient name checking disabled by default, can be re-enabled
o Added '-p' "permit all crontabs" option to disable crontab mode checking
All users of vixie-cron should upgrade to this updated package, which
contains backported patches and is not vulnerable to these issues.
Solution : http://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2005-361.html
Network Security Threat Level: High
Networks Security ID:
Vulnerability Assessment Copyright: This script is Copyright (C) 2005 Tenable Network Security
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