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672486: CVE-2010-4707 pam: pam_xauth: Does not check if certain ACL file is a regular file

The MITRE CVE dictionary describes this issue as:

The check_acl function in pam_xauth.c in the pam_xauth module in Linux-PAM (aka pam) 1.1.2 and earlier does not verify that a certain ACL file is a regular file, which might allow local users to cause a denial of service (resource consumption) via a special file.

Find out more about CVE-2010-4707 from the MITRE CVE dictionary dictionary and NIST NVD.


The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this issue as having low security impact. This issue was addressed in the PAM packages in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 via RHSA-2010:0819 and in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 via RHSA-2010:0891. A future update may correct this issue in the PAM packages in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4:
This vulnerability has been rated as having a security impact of Low. After evaluation and in accordance with the criteria noted in the product support life cycle, there are no plans to address this issue in an upcoming release. Please contact Red Hat Support for further information.

CVSS v2 metrics

Base Score 2.1
Base Metrics AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:P
Access Vector Local
Access Complexity Low
Authentication None
Confidentiality Impact None
Integrity Impact None
Availability Impact Partial

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Red Hat Security Errata

Platform Errata Release Date
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (pam) RHSA-2010:0891 2010-11-16
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (pam) RHSA-2010:0819 2010-11-01

Affected Packages State

Platform Package State
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 pam Will not fix
Unless explicitly stated as not affected, all previous versions of packages in any minor update stream of a product listed here should be assumed vulnerable, although may not have been subject to full analysis.
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