RHEL 2.1 / 3 / 4 : openssl (RHSA-2006:0661)
Medium Nessus Plugin ID 22331
SynopsisThe remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.
DescriptionUpdated OpenSSL packages are now available to correct a security issue.
This update has been rated as having important security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.
The OpenSSL toolkit provides support for secure communications between machines. OpenSSL includes a certificate management tool and shared libraries which provide various cryptographic algorithms and protocols.
Daniel Bleichenbacher recently described an attack on PKCS #1 v1.5 signatures. Where an RSA key with exponent 3 is used it may be possible for an attacker to forge a PKCS #1 v1.5 signature that would be incorrectly verified by implementations that do not check for excess data in the RSA exponentiation result of the signature.
The Google Security Team discovered that OpenSSL is vulnerable to this attack. This issue affects applications that use OpenSSL to verify X.509 certificates as well as other uses of PKCS #1 v1.5.
This errata also resolves a problem where a customized ca-bundle.crt file was overwritten when the openssl package was upgraded.
Users are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which contain a backported patch to correct this issue.
Note: After installing this update, users are advised to either restart all services that use OpenSSL or restart their system.
SolutionUpdate the affected packages.