RHEL 5 : httpd (RHSA-2009:1075)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 38945


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


Updated httpd packages that fix two security issues are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.

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

The Apache HTTP Server is a popular and freely-available Web server.

A flaw was found in the handling of compression structures between mod_ssl and OpenSSL. If too many connections were opened in a short period of time, all system memory and swap space would be consumed by httpd, negatively impacting other processes, or causing a system crash. (CVE-2008-1678)

Note: The CVE-2008-1678 issue did not affect Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 prior to 5.3. The problem was introduced via the RHBA-2009:0181 errata in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.3, which upgraded OpenSSL to the newer 0.9.8e version.

A flaw was found in the handling of the 'Options' and 'AllowOverride' directives. In configurations using the 'AllowOverride' directive with certain 'Options=' arguments, local users were not restricted from executing commands from a Server-Side-Include script as intended.

All httpd users should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain backported patches to resolve these issues. Users must restart httpd for this update to take effect.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 38945

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2009-1075.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.18 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2009/05/28

Modified: 2017/01/03

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 4.3

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:httpd, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:httpd-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:httpd-manual, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:mod_ssl, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5.3

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2009/05/27

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-1678, CVE-2009-1195

BID: 31692

OSVDB: 47810, 54733

RHSA: 2009:1075

CWE: 16, 399