A security flaw was found in the way bootloader configuration module of Anaconda, a graphical system installer, stored password hashes when performing write of password configuration file (0755 permissions were used instead of 0700 ones). A local users could use this flaw to obtain password hashes and conduct brute force password guessing attacks (possibly leading to password circumvention, machine reboot or use of custom kernel or initrd command line parameters).
This issue did NOT affect the versions of the anaconda package, as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and 6.
This issue did NOT affect the versions of the anaconda package, as shipped with Fedora release of 15.
This issue affects the version of the anaconda package, as shipped with Fedora release of 16.
Created anaconda tracking bugs for this issue
Affects: fedora-16 [bug 819035]
The CVE identifier of CVE-2012-2314 has been assigned to this issue:
grub2-1.99-13.fc16.3 has been pushed to the Fedora 16 stable repository. If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.