RHEL 2.1 / 3 / 4 : openssl (RHSA-2005:476)

High Nessus Plugin ID 18409


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


Updated OpenSSL packages that fix security issues are now available.

This update has been rated as having moderate security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.

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

Colin Percival reported a cache timing attack that could allow a malicious local user to gain portions of cryptographic keys. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) assigned the name CVE-2005-0109 to the issue. The OpenSSL library has been patched to add a new fixed-window mod_exp implementation as default for RSA, DSA, and DH private-key operations. This patch is designed to mitigate cache timing and potentially related attacks.

A flaw was found in the way the der_chop script creates temporary files. It is possible that a malicious local user could cause der_chop to overwrite files (CVE-2004-0975). The der_chop script was deprecated and has been removed from these updated packages. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 did not ship der_chop and is therefore not vulnerable to this issue.

Users are advised to update to these erratum packages which contain patches to correct these issues.

Please note: After installing this update, users are advised to either restart all services that use OpenSSL or restart their system.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 18409

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2005-476.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.19 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2005/06/02

Modified: 2016/12/28

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.2

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:openssl, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:openssl-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:openssl-perl, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:openssl095a, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:openssl096, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:openssl096b, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:2.1, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:3, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:4

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

Patch Publication Date: 2005/06/01

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2004/09/30

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2004-0975, CVE-2005-0109

OSVDB: 11125, 16440

RHSA: 2005:476