Scientific Linux Security Update : httpd on SL7.x x86_64

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Synopsis :

The remote Scientific Linux host is missing one or more security

Description :

Security Fix(es) :

- It was discovered that the mod_session_crypto module of
httpd did not use any mechanisms to verify integrity of
the encrypted session data stored in the user's browser.
A remote attacker could use this flaw to decrypt and
modify session data using a padding oracle attack.

- It was discovered that the mod_auth_digest module of
httpd did not properly check for memory allocation
failures. A remote attacker could use this flaw to cause
httpd child processes to repeatedly crash if the server
used HTTP digest authentication. (CVE-2016-2161)

- It was discovered that the HTTP parser in httpd
incorrectly allowed certain characters not permitted by
the HTTP protocol specification to appear unencoded in
HTTP request headers. If httpd was used in conjunction
with a proxy or backend server that interpreted those
characters differently, a remote attacker could possibly
use this flaw to inject data into HTTP responses,
resulting in proxy cache poisoning. (CVE-2016-8743)

Note: The fix for the CVE-2016-8743 issue causes httpd to return '400
Bad Request' error to HTTP clients which do not strictly follow HTTP
protocol specification. A newly introduced configuration directive
'HttpProtocolOptions Unsafe' can be used to re-enable the old less
strict parsing. However, such setting also re-introduces the
CVE-2016-8743 issue.

Bug Fix(es) :

- When waking up child processes during a graceful
restart, the httpd parent process could attempt to open
more connections than necessary if a large number of
child processes had been active prior to the restart.
Consequently, a graceful restart could take a long time
to complete. With this update, httpd has been fixed to
limit the number of connections opened during a graceful
restart to the number of active children, and the
described problem no longer occurs.

- Previously, httpd running in a container returned the
500 HTTP status code (Internal Server Error) when a
connection to a WebSocket server was closed. As a
consequence, the httpd server failed to deliver the
correct HTTP status and data to a client. With this
update, httpd correctly handles all proxied requests to
the WebSocket server, and the described problem no
longer occurs.

- In a configuration using LDAP authentication with the
mod_authnz_ldap module, the name set using the
AuthLDAPBindDN directive was not correctly used to bind
to the LDAP server for all queries. Consequently,
authorization attempts failed. The LDAP modules have
been fixed to ensure the configured name is correctly
bound for LDAP queries, and authorization using LDAP no
longer fails.

See also :

Solution :

Update the affected packages.

Risk factor :

Medium / CVSS Base Score : 5.0

Family: Scientific Linux Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 99350 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2016-0736

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