Oracle Linux 3 / 4 : openssl096b (ELSA-2010-0173)

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Synopsis :

The remote Oracle Linux host is missing a security update.

Description :

From Red Hat Security Advisory 2010:0173 :

Updated openssl096b packages that fix one security issue are now
available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 and 4.

The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having
important security impact. A Common Vulnerability Scoring System
(CVSS) base score, which gives a detailed severity rating, is
available from the CVE link in the References section.

OpenSSL is a toolkit that implements the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL
v2/v3) and Transport Layer Security (TLS v1) protocols, as well as a
full-strength, general purpose cryptography library.

It was discovered that OpenSSL did not always check the return value
of the bn_wexpand() function. An attacker able to trigger a memory
allocation failure in that function could cause an application using
the OpenSSL library to crash or, possibly, execute arbitrary code.

All openssl096b users should upgrade to these updated packages, which
contain a backported patch to resolve this issue. For the update to
take effect, all programs using the openssl096b library must be

See also :

Solution :

Update the affected openssl096b package.

Risk factor :

Critical / CVSS Base Score : 10.0
CVSS Temporal Score : 7.4
Public Exploit Available : false

Family: Oracle Linux Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 68023 ()

Bugtraq ID: 38562

CVE ID: CVE-2009-3245