Scientific Linux Security Update : php on SL3.x, SL4.x, SL5.x i386/x86_64

High Nessus Plugin ID 60723


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


CVE-2009-2687 php: exif_read_data crash on corrupted JPEG files

CVE-2009-3292 php: exif extension: Multiple missing sanity checks in EXIF file processing

CVE-2009-3291 php: openssl extension: Incorrect verification of SSL certificate with NUL in name

CVE-2009-3546 gd: insufficient input validation in _gdGetColors()

CVE-2009-4017 PHP: resource exhaustion attack via upload requests with lots of files

CVE-2009-4142 php: htmlspecialchars() insufficient checking of input for multi-byte encodings

Multiple missing input sanitization flaws were discovered in PHP's exif extension. A specially crafted image file could cause the PHP interpreter to crash or, possibly, disclose portions of its memory when a PHP script tried to extract Exchangeable image file format (Exif) metadata from the image file. (CVE-2009-2687, CVE-2009-3292)

A missing input sanitization flaw, leading to a buffer overflow, was discovered in PHP's gd library. A specially crafted GD image file could cause the PHP interpreter to crash or, possibly, execute arbitrary code when opened. (CVE-2009-3546)

It was discovered that PHP did not limit the maximum number of files that can be uploaded in one request. A remote attacker could use this flaw to instigate a denial of service by causing the PHP interpreter to use lots of system resources dealing with requests containing large amounts of files to be uploaded. This vulnerability depends on file uploads being enabled (which it is, in the default PHP configuration).

Note: This update introduces a new configuration option, max_file_uploads, used for limiting the number of files that can be uploaded in one request. By default, the limit is 20 files per request.

It was discovered that PHP was affected by the previously published 'null prefix attack', caused by incorrect handling of NUL characters in X.509 certificates. If an attacker is able to get a carefully-crafted certificate signed by a trusted Certificate Authority, the attacker could use the certificate during a man-in-the-middle attack and potentially confuse PHP into accepting it by mistake. (CVE-2009-3291)

It was discovered that PHP's htmlspecialchars() function did not properly recognize partial multi-byte sequences for some multi-byte encodings, sending them to output without them being escaped. An attacker could use this flaw to perform a cross-site scripting attack.

After installing the updated packages, the httpd daemon must be restarted for the update to take effect.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 60723

File Name: sl_20100113_php_on_SL3_x.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.4 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2012/08/01

Modified: 2016/12/14

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: 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: 2010/01/13

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2009-2687, CVE-2009-3291, CVE-2009-3292, CVE-2009-3546, CVE-2009-4017, CVE-2009-4142

CWE: 20, 79