sos (SL5)

Synopsis: Low: sos security update
Advisory ID: SLSA-2013:1121-1
Issue Date: 2013-07-30
CVE Numbers: CVE-2012-2664

The sosreport utility collected the Kickstart configuration file (“/root
/anaconda-ks.cfg”), but did not remove the root user’s password from it
before adding the file to the resulting archive of debugging information.
An attacker able to access the archive could possibly use this flaw to
obtain the root user’s password. “/root/anaconda-ks.cfg” usually only
contains a hash of the password, not the plain text password.

Note: This issue affected all installations, not only systems installed
via Kickstart. A “/root/anaconda-ks.cfg” file is created by all
installation types.

The utility also collects yum repository information from
“/etc/yum.repos.d” which in uncommon configurations may contain passwords.
Any http_proxy password specified in these files will now be automatically
removed. Passwords embedded within URLs in these files should be manually
removed or the files excluded from the archive.


– Scientific Linux Development Team