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PATCHED: GHOST glibc Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

Posted on 28 January 2015

We would like to advise all users that all Linux servers have been patched for the latest GHOST glibc bug found by Qualys has been resolved on our servers.

Below are the details released by Red Hat.

Easy to understand explanation of the bug can be found at 

https://threatpost.com/ghost-glibc-remote-code-exe...

DETAILS

Updated glibc packages that fix one security issue are now available for
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.

Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having Critical 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.

The glibc packages provide the standard C libraries (libc), POSIX thread
libraries (libpthread), standard math libraries (libm), and the Name
Server Caching Daemon (nscd) used by multiple programs on the system.
Without these libraries, the Linux system cannot function correctly.

A heap-based buffer overflow was found in glibc's
__nss_hostname_digits_dots() function, which is used by the gethostbyname()
and gethostbyname2() glibc function calls. A remote attacker able to make
an application call either of these functions could use this flaw to
execute arbitrary code with the permissions of the user running the
application. (CVE-2015-0235)

Red Hat would like to thank Qualys for reporting this issue.

All glibc users are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which

contain a backported patch to correct this issue.