SuSE9 Security Update : epiphany (YOU Patch Number 12521)

High Nessus Plugin ID 42200


The remote SuSE 9 host is missing a security-related patch.


seamonkey was updated to version 1.1.18, fixing various security issues :

- Moxie Marlinspike reported a heap overflow vulnerability in the code that handles regular expressions in certificate names. This vulnerability could be used to compromise the browser and run arbitrary code by presenting a specially crafted certificate to the client. This code provided compatibility with the non-standard regular expression syntax historically supported by Netscape clients and servers. With version 3.5 Firefox switched to the more limited industry-standard wildcard syntax instead and is not vulnerable to this flaw. (MFSA 2009-43 / CVE-2009-2404)

- IOActive security researcher Dan Kaminsky reported a mismatch in the treatment of domain names in SSL certificates between SSL clients and the Certificate Authorities (CA) which issue server certificates. In particular, if a malicious person requested a certificate for a host name with an invalid null character in it most CAs would issue the certificate if the requester owned the domain specified after the null, while most SSL clients (browsers) ignored that part of the name and used the unvalidated part in front of the null. This made it possible for attackers to obtain certificates that would function for any site they wished to target. These certificates could be used to intercept and potentially alter encrypted communication between the client and a server such as sensitive bank account transactions. This vulnerability was independently reported to us by researcher Moxie Marlinspike who also noted that since Firefox relies on SSL to protect the integrity of security updates this attack could be used to serve malicious updates. Mozilla would like to thank Dan and the Microsoft Vulnerability Research team for coordinating a multiple-vendor response to this problem. (MFSA 2009-42 / CVE-2009-2408)


Apply YOU patch number 12521.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 42200

File Name: suse9_12521.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.9 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2009/10/22

Modified: 2016/12/21

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 9.3

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/o:suse:suse_linux

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

Patch Publication Date: 2009/10/12

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2009-2404, CVE-2009-2408

CWE: 119, 310