Debian DSA-1195-1 : openssl096 - denial of service (multiple)

critical Nessus Plugin ID 22881
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The remote Debian host is missing a security-related update.


Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in the OpenSSL cryptographic software package that could allow an attacker to launch a denial of service attack by exhausting system resources or crashing processes on a victim's computer.

- CVE-2006-3738 Tavis Ormandy and Will Drewry of the Google Security Team discovered a buffer overflow in SSL_get_shared_ciphers utility function, used by some applications such as exim and mysql. An attacker could send a list of ciphers that would overrun a buffer.

- CVE-2006-4343 Tavis Ormandy and Will Drewry of the Google Security Team discovered a possible DoS in the sslv2 client code.
Where a client application uses OpenSSL to make a SSLv2 connection to a malicious server that server could cause the client to crash.

- CVE-2006-2940 Dr S N Henson of the OpenSSL core team and Open Network Security recently developed an ASN1 test suite for NISCC ( When the test suite was run against OpenSSL a DoS was discovered.

Certain types of public key can take disproportionate amounts of time to process. This could be used by an attacker in a denial of service attack.


Upgrade the openssl096 package. Note that services linking against the openssl shared libraries will need to be restarted. Common examples of such services include most Mail Transport Agents, SSH servers, and web servers.

For the stable distribution (sarge) these problems have been fixed in version 0.9.6m-1sarge4.

This package exists only for compatibility with older software, and is not present in the unstable or testing branches of Debian.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 22881

File Name: debian_DSA-1195.nasl

Version: 1.18

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 10/20/2006

Updated: 1/4/2021

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 10

Temporal Score: 7.8

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

Temporal Vector: E:POC/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:openssl096, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:3.1

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/Debian/release, Host/Debian/dpkg-l

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 10/10/2006

Vulnerability Publication Date: 9/28/2006

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2006-2940, CVE-2006-3738, CVE-2006-4343

BID: 20246, 20247, 20249

DSA: 1195

CWE: 119, 399