RHEL 4 / 5 / 6 : nss and nspr (RHSA-2011:1282)

High Nessus Plugin ID 56170


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


Updated nss and nspr packages that fix one security issue are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, 5, and 6.

The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having important security impact.

Network Security Services (NSS) is a set of libraries designed to support the cross-platform development of security-enabled client and server applications.

Netscape Portable Runtime (NSPR) provides platform independence for non-GUI operating system facilities.

It was found that a Certificate Authority (CA) issued fraudulent HTTPS certificates. This update renders any HTTPS certificates signed by that CA as untrusted. This covers all uses of the certificates, including SSL, S/MIME, and code signing. (BZ#734316)

Note: This fix only applies to applications using the NSS Builtin Object Token. It does not render the certificates untrusted for applications that use the NSS library, but do not use the NSS Builtin Object Token.

These updated packages upgrade NSS to version 3.12.10 on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5. As well, they upgrade NSPR to version 4.8.8 on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5, as required by the NSS update.
The packages for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 include a backported patch.

All NSS and NSPR users should upgrade to these updated packages, which correct this issue. After installing the update, applications using NSS and NSPR must be restarted for the changes to take effect.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 56170

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2011-1282.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.9 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2011/09/13

Modified: 2017/01/04

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:nspr, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:nspr-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:nss, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:nss-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:nss-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:nss-pkcs11-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:nss-sysinit, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:nss-tools, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:4, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:6, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:6.1

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

Patch Publication Date: 2011/09/12

Reference Information

RHSA: 2011:1282