system-config-firewall is a graphical user interface for basic firewall setup.
It was found that system-config-firewall used the Python pickle module in an insecure way when sending data (via D-Bus) to the privileged back-end mechanism. A local user authorized to configure firewall rules using system-config-firewall could use this flaw to execute arbitrary code with root privileges, by sending a specially-crafted serialized object. (CVE-2011-2520)
Red Hat would like to thank Marco Slaviero of SensePost for reporting this issue.
Users of system-config-firewall are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which contain a backported patch to resolve this issue. Running instances of system-config-firewall must be restarted before the utility will be able to communicate with its updated back-end.