Security: Linux security update

by on May 13, 2008 · 0 comments· LAST UPDATED June 13, 2008

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Red Hat released updated packages to correct a security issue are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5. is an office productivity suite that includes desktop applications such as a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation manager, formula editor, and drawing program.

Sean Larsson found a heap overflow flaw in the OpenOffice memory allocator. If a carefully crafted file was opened by a victim, an attacker could use the flaw to crash or, possibly, execute arbitrary code.

It was discovered that certain libraries in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 and 4 packages had an insecure relative RPATH (runtime library search path) set in the ELF (Executable and Linking Format) header. A local user able to convince another user to run OpenOffice in an attacker-controlled directory, could run arbitrary code with the privileges of the victim.

All users of are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which contain backported fixes which correct these issues.

How do I patch productivity suite ?

Simply type the following command at a shell prompt:
# yum update

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