Scientific Linux Security Update : php53 and php on SL5.x, SL6.x i386/x86_64

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 61219


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


PHP is an HTML-embedded scripting language commonly used with the Apache HTTP Server.

It was found that the hashing routine used by PHP arrays was susceptible to predictable hash collisions. If an HTTP POST request to a PHP application contained many parameters whose names map to the same hash value, a large amount of CPU time would be consumed. This flaw has been mitigated by adding a new configuration directive, max_input_vars, that limits the maximum number of parameters processed per request. By default, max_input_vars is set to 1000.

An integer overflow flaw was found in the PHP exif extension. On 32-bit systems, a specially crafted image file could cause the PHP interpreter to crash or disclose portions of its memory when a PHP script tries to extract Exchangeable image file format (Exif) metadata from the image file. (CVE-2011-4566)

All php53 and php users should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain backported patches to resolve these issues. 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: Medium

ID: 61219

File Name: sl_20120111_php53_and_php_on_SL5_x.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.9 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2012/08/01

Modified: 2015/01/13

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.4

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2012/01/11

Exploitable With

Core Impact

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2011-4566, CVE-2011-4885