Scientific Linux Security Update : openssl on SL3.x i386/x86_64

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 60273


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


A flaw was found in the SSL_get_shared_ciphers() utility function. An attacker could send a list of ciphers to an application that used this function and overrun a buffer with a single byte (CVE-2007-5135). Few applications make use of this vulnerable function and generally it is used only when applications are compiled for debugging.

A number of possible side-channel attacks were discovered affecting OpenSSL. A local attacker could possibly obtain RSA private keys being used on a system. In practice these attacks would be difficult to perform outside of a lab environment. This update contains backported patches designed to mitigate these issues. (CVE-2007-3108).

Note: After installing this update, users are advised to either restart all services that use OpenSSL or restart their system.


Update the affected openssl, openssl-devel and / or openssl-perl packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 60273

File Name: sl_20071022_openssl_on_SL3.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.1 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2012/08/01

Modified: 2012/08/01

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.8

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: x-cpe:/o:fermilab:scientific_linux

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

Patch Publication Date: 2007/10/22

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2007-3108, CVE-2007-5135

CWE: 189