Scientific Linux Security Update : gnutls on SL5.x i386/x86_64

Critical Nessus Plugin ID 60401


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


Flaws were found in the way GnuTLS handles malicious client connections. A malicious remote client could send a specially crafted request to a service using GnuTLS that could cause the service to crash. (CVE-2008-1948, CVE-2008-1949, CVE-2008-1950)

At this time we have not seen any code that is using this exploit. But in Scientific Linux 5 there are some applications, such as CUPS, that would be directly vulnerable if/when there is an exploit. Because of the potential threat we are labeling this critical.


Update the affected gnutls, gnutls-devel and / or gnutls-utils packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 60401

File Name: sl_20080520_gnutls_on_SL5_x.nasl

Version: 1.3

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2012/08/01

Updated: 2019/01/07

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Critical

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 10

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

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: 2008/05/20

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-1948, CVE-2008-1949, CVE-2008-1950

CWE: 189, 287