Debian DSA-1581-1 : gnutls13 - several vulnerabilities

Critical Nessus Plugin ID 32403


The remote Debian host is missing a security-related update.


Several remote vulnerabilities have been discovered in GNUTLS, an implementation of the SSL/TLS protocol suite.

NOTE: The libgnutls13 package, which provides the GNUTLS library, does not contain logic to automatically restart potentially affected services. You must restart affected services manually (mainly Exim, using '/etc/init.d/exim4 restart') after applying the update, to make the changes fully effective. Alternatively, you can reboot the system.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project identifies the following problems :

- CVE-2008-1948 A pre-authentication heap overflow involving oversized session resumption data may lead to arbitrary code execution.

- CVE-2008-1949 Repeated client hellos may result in a pre-authentication denial of service condition due to a NULL pointer dereference.

- CVE-2008-1950 Decoding cipher padding with an invalid record length may cause GNUTLS to read memory beyond the end of the received record, leading to a pre-authentication denial of service condition.


Upgrade the GNUTLS packages.

For the stable distribution (etch), these problems have been fixed in version 1.4.4-3+etch1. (Builds for the arm architecture are currently not available and will be released later.)

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 32403

File Name: debian_DSA-1581.nasl

Version: 1.18

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2008/05/22

Updated: 2019/08/02

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Critical

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 10

Temporal Score: 7.4

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:U/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:gnutls13, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:4.0

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

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2008/05/20

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-1948, CVE-2008-1949, CVE-2008-1950

BID: 29292

DSA: 1581

CWE: 189, 287