Mandriva Linux Security Advisory : krb5 (MDVSA-2008:070)

critical Nessus Plugin ID 37527


The remote Mandriva Linux host is missing one or more security updates.


A memory management flaw was found in the GSSAPI library used by Kerberos that could result in an attempt to free already freed memory, possibly leading to a crash or allowing the execution of arbitrary code (CVE-2007-5971).

A flaw was discovered in how the Kerberos 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 affects krb5kdc when it has Kerberos v4 protocol compatibility enabled, which is a compiled-in default in all Kerberos versions that Mandriva Linux ships prior to Mandriva Linux 2008.0.
Kerberos v4 protocol support can be disabled by adding v4_mode=none (without quotes) to the [kdcdefaults] section of /etc/kerberos/krb5kdc/kdc.conf.

A flaw in the RPC library as used in Kerberos' kadmind was discovered by Jeff Altman of Secure Endpoints. An unauthenticated remote attacker could use this vulnerability to crash kadmind or possibly execute arbitrary code in systems with certain resource limits configured;
this does not affect the default resource limits used by Mandriva Linux (CVE-2008-0947).

The updated packages have been patched to correct these issues.


Update the affected packages.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 37527

File Name: mandriva_MDVSA-2008-070.nasl

Version: 1.19

Type: local

Published: 4/23/2009

Updated: 1/6/2021

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 10

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:ftp-client-krb5, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:ftp-server-krb5, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:krb5-server, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:krb5-workstation, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:lib64krb53, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:lib64krb53-devel, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:libkrb53, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:libkrb53-devel, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:telnet-client-krb5, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:telnet-server-krb5, cpe:/o:mandriva:linux:2007

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

Patch Publication Date: 3/19/2008

Reference Information

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

MDVSA: 2008:070

CWE: 119, 189, 399