RHEL 4 : openssl (RHSA-2007:1003)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 28243


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


Updated OpenSSL packages that correct a security issue and various bugs are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.

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

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

A flaw was found in the SSL_get_shared_ciphers() utility function. An attacker could send a list of ciphers to an application that used this function and overrun a buffer by a single byte (CVE-2007-5135). Few applications make use of this vulnerable function and generally it is used only when applications are compiled for debugging.

A number of possible side-channel attacks were discovered affecting OpenSSL. A local attacker could possibly obtain RSA private keys being used on a system. In practice these attacks would be difficult to perform outside of a lab environment. This update contains backported patches to mitigate these issues. (CVE-2007-3108)

As well, these updated packages fix the following bugs :

* multithreaded applications could cause a segmentation fault or deadlock when calling the random number generator initialization (RAND_poll) in the OpenSSL library, for a large number of threads simultaneously.

* in certain circumstances, if an application using the OpenSSL library reused the SSL session cache for multiple purposes (with various parameters of the SSL protocol), the session parameters could be mismatched.

* a segmentation fault could occur when a corrupted pkcs12 file was being loaded using the 'openssl pkcs12 -in [pkcs12-file]' command, where [pkcs12-file] is the pkcs12 file.

Users of OpenSSL should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain backported patches to resolve these issues.

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


Update the affected openssl, openssl-devel and / or openssl-perl packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 28243

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2007-1003.nasl

Version: 1.26

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 11/16/2007

Updated: 1/14/2021

Supported Sensors: Agentless Assessment, Frictionless Assessment Agent, Frictionless Assessment AWS, Frictionless Assessment Azure, Nessus Agent, Nessus

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.8


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 6.8

Temporal Score: 5

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

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, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:4

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

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 11/15/2007

Vulnerability Publication Date: 8/7/2007

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2007-3108, CVE-2007-5135

BID: 25831

CWE: 189

RHSA: 2007:1003