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Red Hat alert RHSA-2013:1302-01 (xinetd)

Subject:  [RHSA-2013:1302-01] Low: xinetd security and bug fix update
Date:  Mon, 30 Sep 2013 23:34:23 +0000
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-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA1 ===================================================================== Red Hat Security Advisory Synopsis: Low: xinetd security and bug fix update Advisory ID: RHSA-2013:1302-01 Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux Advisory URL: Issue date: 2013-09-30 Keywords: xinetd CVE Names: CVE-2012-0862 ===================================================================== 1. Summary: An updated xinetd package that fixes one security issue and two bugs is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5. The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having low security impact. A Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base score, which gives a detailed severity rating, is available from the CVE link in the References section. 2. Relevant releases/architectures: Red Hat Enterprise Linux (v. 5 server) - i386, ia64, ppc, s390x, x86_64 Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop (v. 5 client) - i386, x86_64 3. Description: The xinetd package provides a secure replacement for inetd, the Internet services daemon. xinetd provides access control for all services based on the address of the remote host and/or on time of access, and can prevent denial-of-access attacks. When xinetd services are configured with the "TCPMUX" or "TCPMUXPLUS" type, and the tcpmux-server service is enabled, those services are accessible via port 1. It was found that enabling the tcpmux-server service (it is disabled by default) allowed every xinetd service, including those that are not configured with the "TCPMUX" or "TCPMUXPLUS" type, to be accessible via port 1. This could allow a remote attacker to bypass intended firewall restrictions. (CVE-2012-0862) Red Hat would like to thank Thomas Swan of FedEx for reporting this issue. This update also fixes the following bugs: * Prior to this update, a file descriptor array in the service.c source file was not handled as expected. As a consequence, some of the descriptors remained open when xinetd was under heavy load. Additionally, the system log was filled with a large number of messages that took up a lot of disk space over time. This update modifies the xinetd code to handle the file descriptors correctly and messages no longer fill the system log. (BZ#852274) * Prior to this update, services were disabled permanently when their CPS limit was reached. As a consequence, a failed bind operation could occur when xinetd attempted to restart the service. This update adds additional logic that attempts to restart the service. Now, the service is only disabled if xinetd cannot restart the service after 30 attempts. (BZ#811000) All users of xinetd are advised to upgrade to this updated package, which contains backported patches to correct these issues. 4. Solution: Before applying this update, make sure all previously-released errata relevant to your system have been applied. This update is available via the Red Hat Network. Details on how to use the Red Hat Network to apply this update are available at 5. Bugs fixed ( 790940 - CVE-2012-0862 xinetd: enables unintentional services over tcpmux port 6. Package List: Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop (v. 5 client): Source: i386: xinetd-2.3.14-19.el5.i386.rpm xinetd-debuginfo-2.3.14-19.el5.i386.rpm x86_64: xinetd-2.3.14-19.el5.x86_64.rpm xinetd-debuginfo-2.3.14-19.el5.x86_64.rpm Red Hat Enterprise Linux (v. 5 server): Source: i386: xinetd-2.3.14-19.el5.i386.rpm xinetd-debuginfo-2.3.14-19.el5.i386.rpm ia64: xinetd-2.3.14-19.el5.ia64.rpm xinetd-debuginfo-2.3.14-19.el5.ia64.rpm ppc: xinetd-2.3.14-19.el5.ppc.rpm xinetd-debuginfo-2.3.14-19.el5.ppc.rpm s390x: xinetd-2.3.14-19.el5.s390x.rpm xinetd-debuginfo-2.3.14-19.el5.s390x.rpm x86_64: xinetd-2.3.14-19.el5.x86_64.rpm xinetd-debuginfo-2.3.14-19.el5.x86_64.rpm These packages are GPG signed by Red Hat for security. Our key and details on how to verify the signature are available from 7. References: 8. Contact: The Red Hat security contact is <>. More contact details at Copyright 2013 Red Hat, Inc. -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v1.4.4 (GNU/Linux) iD8DBQFSSgpqXlSAg2UNWIIRAvpLAKCbKbjE5Ply5EtEBPXTPPxHFrIxRwCgrg3J ttoX9ugY0CfQfNkr1AiTFF0= =edRB -----END PGP SIGNATURE----- -- Enterprise-watch-list mailing list

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