RHEL 2.1 : openssl (RHSA-2005:829)
Medium Nessus Plugin ID 20146
SynopsisThe remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.
DescriptionUpdated OpenSSL packages that fix a remote denial of service vulnerability are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1
This update has been rated as having important security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.
The OpenSSL toolkit implements Secure Sockets Layer (SSL v2/v3), Transport Layer Security (TLS v1) protocols, and serves as a full-strength general purpose cryptography library.
Testing performed by the OpenSSL group using the Codenomicon TLS Test Tool uncovered a NULL pointer assignment in the do_change_cipher_spec() function. A remote attacker could perform a carefully crafted SSL/TLS handshake against a server that uses the OpenSSL library in such a way as to cause OpenSSL to crash. Depending on the server this could lead to a denial of service. (CVE-2004-0079)
This issue was reported as not affecting OpenSSL versions prior to 0.9.6c, and testing with the Codenomicon Test Tool showed that OpenSSL 0.9.6b as shipped in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1 did not crash.
However, an alternative reproducer has been written which shows that this issue does affect versions of OpenSSL prior to 0.9.6c.
Users of OpenSSL are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which contain a patch provided by the OpenSSL group that protects against this issue.
NOTE: Because server applications are affected by this issue, users are advised to either restart all services that use OpenSSL functionality or restart their systems after installing these updates.
SolutionUpdate the affected packages.