Scientific Linux Security Update : openssl on SL4.x i386/x86_64

medium Nessus Plugin ID 60307


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 by 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 to mitigate these issues. (CVE-2007-3108)

As well, these updated packages fix the following bugs :

- multithreaded applications could cause a segmentation fault or deadlock when calling the random number generator initialization (RAND_poll) in the OpenSSL library, for a large number of threads simultaneously.

- in certain circumstances, if an application using the OpenSSL library reused the SSL session cache for multiple purposes (with various parameters of the SSL protocol), the session parameters could be mismatched.

- a segmentation fault could occur when a corrupted pkcs12 file was being loaded using the 'openssl pkcs12 -in [pkcs12-file]' command, where [pkcs12-file] is the pkcs12 file.


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

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 60307

File Name: sl_20071115_openssl_on_SL4_x.nasl

Version: 1.5

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 8/1/2012

Updated: 1/14/2021

Supported Sensors: Nessus Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.8


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 6.8

Vector: 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: 11/15/2007

Reference Information

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

CWE: 189