Oracle Linux 9 : gnutls (ELSA-2024-12336)

high Nessus Plugin ID 193736


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


The remote Oracle Linux 9 host has packages installed that are affected by multiple vulnerabilities as referenced in the ELSA-2024-12336 advisory.

- A vulnerability was found in GnuTLS. The response times to malformed ciphertexts in RSA-PSK ClientKeyExchange differ from the response times of ciphertexts with correct PKCS#1 v1.5 padding. This issue may allow a remote attacker to perform a timing side-channel attack in the RSA-PSK key exchange, potentially leading to the leakage of sensitive data. CVE-2024-0553 is designated as an incomplete resolution for CVE-2023-5981. (CVE-2024-0553)

- A flaw has been discovered in GnuTLS where an application crash can be induced when attempting to verify a specially crafted .pem bundle using the certtool --verify-chain command. (CVE-2024-28835)

- A vulnerability was found in GnuTLS, where a cockpit (which uses gnuTLS) rejects a certificate chain with distributed trust. This issue occurs when validating a certificate chain with cockpit-certificate-ensure.
This flaw allows an unauthenticated, remote client or attacker to initiate a denial of service attack.

- A flaw was found in GnuTLS. The Minerva attack is a cryptographic vulnerability that exploits deterministic behavior in systems like GnuTLS, leading to side-channel leaks. In specific scenarios, such as when using the GNUTLS_PRIVKEY_FLAG_REPRODUCIBLE flag, it can result in a noticeable step in nonce size from 513 to 512 bits, exposing a potential timing side-channel. (CVE-2024-28834)

- A vulnerability was found that the response times to malformed ciphertexts in RSA-PSK ClientKeyExchange differ from response times of ciphertexts with correct PKCS#1 v1.5 padding. (CVE-2023-5981)

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


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 193736

File Name: oraclelinux_ELSA-2024-12336.nasl

Version: 1.0

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 4/23/2024

Updated: 4/23/2024

Supported Sensors: Frictionless Assessment Agent, Nessus Agent, Nessus

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 4.4


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.8

Temporal Score: 6.1

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2024-0553


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 6.7

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:gnutls-utils, cpe:/o:oracle:linux:9, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:gnutls-devel, cpe:/a:oracle:linux:9::u3_security_validation, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:gnutls-c%2b%2b, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:gnutls-dane, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:gnutls

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 4/19/2024

Vulnerability Publication Date: 11/28/2023

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2023-5981, CVE-2024-0553, CVE-2024-0567, CVE-2024-28834, CVE-2024-28835