RHEL 7 / 8 : Red Hat JBoss Core Services Apache HTTP Server 2.4.51 SP2 (RHSA-2023:3354)

critical Nessus Plugin ID 176683


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


The remote Redhat Enterprise Linux 7 / 8 host has packages installed that are affected by multiple vulnerabilities as referenced in the RHSA-2023:3354 advisory.

- A carefully crafted If: request header can cause a memory read, or write of a single zero byte, in a pool (heap) memory location beyond the header value sent. This could cause the process to crash. This issue affects Apache HTTP Server 2.4.54 and earlier. (CVE-2006-20001)

- Integer Overflow or Wraparound vulnerability in apr_base64 functions of Apache Portable Runtime Utility (APR-util) allows an attacker to write beyond bounds of a buffer. This issue affects Apache Portable Runtime Utility (APR-util) 1.6.1 and prior versions. (CVE-2022-25147)

- A timing based side channel exists in the OpenSSL RSA Decryption implementation which could be sufficient to recover a plaintext across a network in a Bleichenbacher style attack. To achieve a successful decryption an attacker would have to be able to send a very large number of trial messages for decryption.
The vulnerability affects all RSA padding modes: PKCS#1 v1.5, RSA-OEAP and RSASVE. For example, in a TLS connection, RSA is commonly used by a client to send an encrypted pre-master secret to the server. An attacker that had observed a genuine connection between a client and a server could use this flaw to send trial messages to the server and record the time taken to process them. After a sufficiently large number of messages the attacker could recover the pre-master secret used for the original connection and thus be able to decrypt the application data sent over that connection. (CVE-2022-4304)

- A vulnerability exists in curl <7.87.0 HSTS check that could be bypassed to trick it to keep using HTTP.
Using its HSTS support, curl can be instructed to use HTTPS instead of using an insecure clear-text HTTP step even when HTTP is provided in the URL. However, the HSTS mechanism could be bypassed if the host name in the given URL first uses IDN characters that get replaced to ASCII counterparts as part of the IDN conversion. Like using the character UTF-8 U+3002 (IDEOGRAPHIC FULL STOP) instead of the common ASCII full stop (U+002E) `.`. Then in a subsequent request, it does not detect the HSTS state and makes a clear text transfer. Because it would store the info IDN encoded but look for it IDN decoded. (CVE-2022-43551)

- A use after free vulnerability exists in curl <7.87.0. Curl can be asked to *tunnel* virtually all protocols it supports through an HTTP proxy. HTTP proxies can (and often do) deny such tunnel operations.
When getting denied to tunnel the specific protocols SMB or TELNET, curl would use a heap-allocated struct after it had been freed, in its transfer shutdown code path. (CVE-2022-43552)

- The function PEM_read_bio_ex() reads a PEM file from a BIO and parses and decodes the name (e.g.
CERTIFICATE), any header data and the payload data. If the function succeeds then the name_out, header and data arguments are populated with pointers to buffers containing the relevant decoded data.
The caller is responsible for freeing those buffers. It is possible to construct a PEM file that results in 0 bytes of payload data. In this case PEM_read_bio_ex() will return a failure code but will populate the header argument with a pointer to a buffer that has already been freed. If the caller also frees this buffer then a double free will occur. This will most likely lead to a crash. This could be exploited by an attacker who has the ability to supply malicious PEM files for parsing to achieve a denial of service attack. The functions PEM_read_bio() and PEM_read() are simple wrappers around PEM_read_bio_ex() and therefore these functions are also directly affected. These functions are also called indirectly by a number of other OpenSSL functions including PEM_X509_INFO_read_bio_ex() and SSL_CTX_use_serverinfo_file() which are also vulnerable. Some OpenSSL internal uses of these functions are not vulnerable because the caller does not free the header argument if PEM_read_bio_ex() returns a failure code. These locations include the PEM_read_bio_TYPE() functions as well as the decoders introduced in OpenSSL 3.0. The OpenSSL asn1parse command line application is also impacted by this issue. (CVE-2022-4450)

- The public API function BIO_new_NDEF is a helper function used for streaming ASN.1 data via a BIO. It is primarily used internally to OpenSSL to support the SMIME, CMS and PKCS7 streaming capabilities, but may also be called directly by end user applications. The function receives a BIO from the caller, prepends a new BIO_f_asn1 filter BIO onto the front of it to form a BIO chain, and then returns the new head of the BIO chain to the caller. Under certain conditions, for example if a CMS recipient public key is invalid, the new filter BIO is freed and the function returns a NULL result indicating a failure. However, in this case, the BIO chain is not properly cleaned up and the BIO passed by the caller still retains internal pointers to the previously freed filter BIO. If the caller then goes on to call BIO_pop() on the BIO then a use-after-free will occur. This will most likely result in a crash. This scenario occurs directly in the internal function B64_write_ASN1() which may cause BIO_new_NDEF() to be called and will subsequently call BIO_pop() on the BIO. This internal function is in turn called by the public API functions PEM_write_bio_ASN1_stream, PEM_write_bio_CMS_stream, PEM_write_bio_PKCS7_stream, SMIME_write_ASN1, SMIME_write_CMS and SMIME_write_PKCS7. Other public API functions that may be impacted by this include i2d_ASN1_bio_stream, BIO_new_CMS, BIO_new_PKCS7, i2d_CMS_bio_stream and i2d_PKCS7_bio_stream. The OpenSSL cms and smime command line applications are similarly affected. (CVE-2023-0215)

- There is a type confusion vulnerability relating to X.400 address processing inside an X.509 GeneralName.
X.400 addresses were parsed as an ASN1_STRING but the public structure definition for GENERAL_NAME incorrectly specified the type of the x400Address field as ASN1_TYPE. This field is subsequently interpreted by the OpenSSL function GENERAL_NAME_cmp as an ASN1_TYPE rather than an ASN1_STRING. When CRL checking is enabled (i.e. the application sets the X509_V_FLAG_CRL_CHECK flag), this vulnerability may allow an attacker to pass arbitrary pointers to a memcmp call, enabling them to read memory contents or enact a denial of service. In most cases, the attack requires the attacker to provide both the certificate chain and CRL, neither of which need to have a valid signature. If the attacker only controls one of these inputs, the other input must already contain an X.400 address as a CRL distribution point, which is uncommon. As such, this vulnerability is most likely to only affect applications which have implemented their own functionality for retrieving CRLs over a network. (CVE-2023-0286)

- A cleartext transmission of sensitive information vulnerability exists in curl <v7.88.0 that could cause HSTS functionality fail when multiple URLs are requested serially. Using its HSTS support, curl can be instructed to use HTTPS instead of usingan insecure clear-text HTTP step even when HTTP is provided in the URL. ThisHSTS mechanism would however surprisingly be ignored by subsequent transferswhen done on the same command line because the state would not be properlycarried on. (CVE-2023-23914)

- A cleartext transmission of sensitive information vulnerability exists in curl <v7.88.0 that could cause HSTS functionality to behave incorrectly when multiple URLs are requested in parallel. Using its HSTS support, curl can be instructed to use HTTPS instead of using an insecure clear-text HTTP step even when HTTP is provided in the URL. This HSTS mechanism would however surprisingly fail when multiple transfers are done in parallel as the HSTS cache file gets overwritten by the most recentlycompleted transfer. A later HTTP-only transfer to the earlier host name would then *not* get upgraded properly to HSTS.

- An allocation of resources without limits or throttling vulnerability exists in curl <v7.88.0 based on the chained HTTP compression algorithms, meaning that a server response can be compressed multiple times and potentially with differentalgorithms. The number of acceptable links in this decompression chain wascapped, but the cap was implemented on a per-header basis allowing a maliciousserver to insert a virtually unlimited number of compression steps simply byusing many headers. The use of such a decompression chain could result in a malloc bomb, making curl end up spending enormous amounts of allocated heap memory, or trying to and returning out of memory errors. (CVE-2023-23916)

- Some mod_proxy configurations on Apache HTTP Server versions 2.4.0 through 2.4.55 allow a HTTP Request Smuggling attack. Configurations are affected when mod_proxy is enabled along with some form of RewriteRule or ProxyPassMatch in which a non-specific pattern matches some portion of the user-supplied request-target (URL) data and is then re-inserted into the proxied request-target using variable substitution. For example, something like: RewriteEngine on RewriteRule ^/here/(.*) http://example.com:8080/elsewhere?$1; [P] ProxyPassReverse /here/ http://example.com:8080/ Request splitting/smuggling could result in bypass of access controls in the proxy server, proxying unintended URLs to existing origin servers, and cache poisoning. Users are recommended to update to at least version 2.4.56 of Apache HTTP Server. (CVE-2023-25690)

Note that Nessus has not tested for these issues but has instead relied only on the application's self-reported version number.


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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 176683

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2023-3354.nasl

Version: 1.0

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 6/5/2023

Updated: 6/5/2023

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

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Critical

Score: 9.0


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 10

Temporal Score: 7.8

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2023-25690


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 9.8

Temporal Score: 8.8

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:P/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:jbcs-httpd24-mod_proxy_html, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:jbcs-httpd24-mod_session, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:jbcs-httpd24-mod_ssl, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:jbcs-httpd24-openssl, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:jbcs-httpd24-openssl-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:jbcs-httpd24-openssl-libs, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:jbcs-httpd24-openssl-perl, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:jbcs-httpd24-openssl-static, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:7, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:8, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:jbcs-httpd24-apr-util, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:jbcs-httpd24-apr-util-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:jbcs-httpd24-apr-util-ldap, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:jbcs-httpd24-apr-util-mysql, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:jbcs-httpd24-apr-util-nss, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:jbcs-httpd24-apr-util-odbc, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:jbcs-httpd24-apr-util-openssl, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:jbcs-httpd24-apr-util-pgsql, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:jbcs-httpd24-apr-util-sqlite, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:jbcs-httpd24-curl, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:jbcs-httpd24-httpd, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:jbcs-httpd24-httpd-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:jbcs-httpd24-httpd-manual, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:jbcs-httpd24-httpd-selinux, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:jbcs-httpd24-httpd-tools, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:jbcs-httpd24-libcurl, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:jbcs-httpd24-libcurl-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:jbcs-httpd24-mod_ldap

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 6/5/2023

Vulnerability Publication Date: 12/15/2022

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2006-20001, CVE-2022-25147, CVE-2022-4304, CVE-2022-43551, CVE-2022-43552, CVE-2022-4450, CVE-2023-0215, CVE-2023-0286, CVE-2023-23914, CVE-2023-23915, CVE-2023-23916, CVE-2023-25690

CWE: 113, 125, 190, 319, 415, 416, 704, 770, 787

RHSA: 2023:3354