Oracle Linux 5 / 6 / 7 : jakarta-commons-httpclient (ELSA-2014-1166)

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Synopsis :

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

Description :

From Red Hat Security Advisory 2014:1166 :

Updated jakarta-commons-httpclient packages that fix one security
issue are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, 6, and 7.

Red Hat Product Security 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.

Jakarta Commons HTTPClient implements the client side of HTTP
standards.

It was discovered that the HTTPClient incorrectly extracted host name
from an X.509 certificate subject's Common Name (CN) field. A
man-in-the-middle attacker could use this flaw to spoof an SSL server
using a specially crafted X.509 certificate. (CVE-2014-3577)

For additional information on this flaw, refer to the Knowledgebase
article in the References section.

All jakarta-commons-httpclient users are advised to upgrade to these
updated packages, which contain a backported patch to correct this
issue.

See also :

https://oss.oracle.com/pipermail/el-errata/2014-September/004412.html
https://oss.oracle.com/pipermail/el-errata/2014-September/004413.html
https://oss.oracle.com/pipermail/el-errata/2014-September/004414.html

Solution :

Update the affected jakarta-commons-httpclient packages.

Risk factor :

Medium / CVSS Base Score : 5.8
(CVSS2#AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:N)
CVSS Temporal Score : 4.8
(CVSS2#E:F/RL:OF/RC:ND)
Public Exploit Available : true

Family: Oracle Linux Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 77566 ()

Bugtraq ID: 69258

CVE ID: CVE-2014-3577

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