Scientific Linux Security Update : curl on SL5.x i386/x86_64

This script is Copyright (C) 2012 Tenable Network Security, Inc.


Synopsis :

The remote Scientific Linux host is missing one or more security
updates.

Description :

Scott Cantor reported that cURL is affected by the previously
published 'null prefix attack', caused by incorrect handling of NULL
characters in X.509 certificates. If an attacker is able to get a
carefully-crafted certificate signed by a trusted Certificate
Authority, the attacker could use the certificate during a
man-in-the-middle attack and potentially confuse cURL into accepting
it by mistake. (CVE-2009-2417)

All running applications using libcurl must be restarted for the
update to take effect.

See also :

http://www.nessus.org/u?9138d808

Solution :

Update the affected curl and / or curl-devel packages.

Risk factor :

High / CVSS Base Score : 7.5
(CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P)

Family: Scientific Linux Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 60640 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2009-2417