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SUSE-SA:2005:064: pwdutils, shadow Vulnerability Scan

Vulnerability Scan Summary
Check for the version of the pwdutils, shadow package

Detailed Explanation for this Vulnerability Test

The remote host is missing the patch for the advisory SUSE-SA:2005:064 (pwdutils, shadow).

Thomas Gerisch found that the setuid 'chfn' program contained in the
pwdutils suite insufficiently checks it's arguments when changing
the GECOS field. This bug leads to a trivially exploitable local
privilege escalation that allows users to gain root access.

We like to thank Thomas Gerisch for pointing out the problem.

Solution :
Threat Level: High

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