RHEL 2.1 : apache, mod_ssl (RHSA-2004:245)

critical Nessus Plugin ID 12506


The remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.


Updated httpd and mod_ssl packages that fix minor security issues in the Apache Web server are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1.

The Apache HTTP Server is a powerful, full-featured, efficient, and freely-available Web server.

A buffer overflow was found in the Apache proxy module, mod_proxy, which can be triggered by receiving an invalid Content-Length header.
In order to exploit this issue, an attacker would need an Apache installation that was configured as a proxy to connect to a malicious site. This would cause the Apache child processing the request to crash. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2004-0492 to this issue.

On Red Hat Enterprise Linux platforms Red Hat believes this issue cannot lead to remote code execution. This issue also does not represent a Denial of Service attack as requests will continue to be handled by other Apache child processes.

A stack-based buffer overflow was discovered in mod_ssl which can be triggered if using the FakeBasicAuth option. If mod_ssl is sent a client certificate with a subject DN field longer than 6000 characters, a stack overflow can occur if FakeBasicAuth has been enabled. In order to exploit this issue the carefully crafted malicious certificate would have to be signed by a Certificate Authority which mod_ssl is configured to trust. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2004-0488 to this issue.

This update also fixes a DNS handling bug in mod_proxy.

The mod_auth_digest module is now included in the Apache package and should be used instead of mod_digest for sites requiring Digest authentication.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1 users of the Apache HTTP Server should upgrade to these erratum packages, which contains Apache version 1.3.27 with backported patches correcting these issues.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 12506

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2004-245.nasl

Version: 1.32

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 7/6/2004

Updated: 1/14/2021

Supported Sensors: Frictionless Assessment Agent, Frictionless Assessment AWS, Frictionless Assessment Azure, Nessus Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.8


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 10

Temporal Score: 7.4

Vector: AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

Temporal Vector: E:U/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:apache, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:apache-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:apache-manual, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:mod_ssl, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:2.1

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/RedHat/release, Host/RedHat/rpm-list, Host/cpu

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 6/14/2004

Vulnerability Publication Date: 7/7/2004

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2004-0488, CVE-2004-0492

BID: 10508

RHSA: 2004:245