RHEL 5 : krb5 (RHSA-2008:0164)

critical Nessus Plugin ID 31616


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


Updated krb5 packages that resolve several issues and fix multiple bugs are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.

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

Kerberos is a network authentication system which allows clients and servers to authenticate to each other through use of symmetric encryption and a trusted third party, the KDC.

A flaw was found in the way the MIT Kerberos Authentication Service and Key Distribution Center server (krb5kdc) handled Kerberos v4 protocol packets. An unauthenticated remote attacker could use this flaw to crash the krb5kdc daemon, disclose portions of its memory, or possibly execute arbitrary code using malformed or truncated Kerberos v4 protocol requests. (CVE-2008-0062, CVE-2008-0063)

This issue only affected krb5kdc with Kerberos v4 protocol compatibility enabled, which is the default setting on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4. Kerberos v4 protocol support can be disabled by adding 'v4_mode=none' (without the quotes) to the '[kdcdefaults]' section of /var/kerberos/krb5kdc/kdc.conf.

Jeff Altman of Secure Endpoints discovered a flaw in the RPC library as used by MIT Kerberos kadmind server. An unauthenticated remote attacker could use this flaw to crash kadmind or possibly execute arbitrary code. This issue only affected systems with certain resource limits configured and did not affect systems using default resource limits used by Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5. (CVE-2008-0947)

Red Hat would like to thank MIT for reporting these issues.

Multiple memory management flaws were discovered in the GSSAPI library used by MIT Kerberos. These flaws could possibly result in use of already freed memory or an attempt to free already freed memory blocks (double-free flaw), possibly causing a crash or arbitrary code execution. (CVE-2007-5901, CVE-2007-5971)

In addition to the security issues resolved above, the following bugs were also fixed :

* delegated krb5 credentials were not properly stored when SPNEGO was the underlying mechanism during GSSAPI authentication. Consequently, applications attempting to copy delegated Kerberos 5 credentials into a credential cache received an 'Invalid credential was supplied' message rather than a copy of the delegated credentials. With this update, SPNEGO credentials can be properly searched, allowing applications to copy delegated credentials as expected.

* applications can initiate context acceptance (via gss_accept_sec_context) without passing a ret_flags value that would indicate that credentials were delegated. A delegated credential handle should have been returned in such instances. This updated package adds a temp_ret_flag that stores the credential status in the event no other ret_flags value is passed by an application calling gss_accept_sec_context.

* kpasswd did not fallback to TCP on receipt of certain errors, or when a packet was too big for UDP. This update corrects this.

* when the libkrb5 password-routine generated a set-password or change-password request, incorrect sequence numbers were generated for all requests subsequent to the first request. This caused password change requests to fail if the primary server was unavailable. This updated package corrects this by saving the sequence number value after the AP-REQ data is built and restoring this value before the request is generated.

* when a user's password expired, kinit would not prompt that user to change the password, instead simply informing the user their password had expired. This update corrects this behavior: kinit now prompts for a new password to be set when a password has expired.

All krb5 users are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which contain backported fixes to address these vulnerabilities and fix these bugs.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 31616

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2008-0164.nasl

Version: 1.33

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 3/19/2008

Updated: 1/14/2021

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

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 10

Temporal Score: 7.4

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:krb5-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:krb5-libs, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:krb5-server, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:krb5-workstation, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5.1

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: 3/18/2008

Vulnerability Publication Date: 12/5/2007

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2007-5901, CVE-2007-5971, CVE-2008-0062, CVE-2008-0063, CVE-2008-0947

BID: 26750, 28302, 28303

RHSA: 2008:0164

CWE: 119, 189, 399