RHEL 4 : krb5 (RHSA-2009:0409)
Critical Nessus Plugin ID 36113
SynopsisThe remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.
DescriptionUpdated krb5 packages that fix a security issue are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.
This update has been rated as having important 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 using symmetric encryption and a trusted third party, the Key Distribution Center (KDC).
An input validation flaw was found in the ASN.1 (Abstract Syntax Notation One) decoder used by MIT Kerberos. A remote attacker could use this flaw to crash a network service using the MIT Kerberos library, such as kadmind or krb5kdc, by causing it to dereference or free an uninitialized pointer. (CVE-2009-0846)
All krb5 users should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain a backported patch to correct this issue. All running services using the MIT Kerberos libraries must be restarted for the update to take effect.
SolutionUpdate the affected packages.