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RHSA-2003-201: ypserv Vulnerability Scan
Vulnerability Scan Summary
Check for the version of the ypserv packages
Detailed Explanation for this Vulnerability Test
Updated ypserv packages fixing a denial of service vulnerability are now
The ypserv package contains the Network Information Service (NIS) server.
A vulnerability has been discovered in the ypserv NIS server prior to
version 2.7. If a malicious client queries ypserv via TCP and subsequently
ignores the server's response, ypserv will block attempting to send the
reply. This results in ypserv failing to respond to other client requests.
Versions 2.7 and above of ypserv have been altered to fork a child for each
client request, thus preventing any one request from causing the server to
Red Hat recommends that users of NIS upgrade to these packages, which
contain version 2.8.0 of ypserv and are therefore not vulnerable to this
Solution : http://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2003-201.html
Threat Level: High
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