Scientific Linux Security Update : squid on SL6.x i386/x86_64

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 64960


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


A denial of service flaw was found in the way the Squid Cache Manager processed certain requests. A remote attacker who is able to access the Cache Manager CGI could use this flaw to cause Squid to consume an excessive amount of memory. (CVE-2012-5643)

This update also fixes the following bugs :

- Due to a bug in the ConnStateData::noteMoreBodySpaceAvailable() function, child processes of Squid terminated upon encountering a failed assertion. An upstream patch has been provided and Squid child processes no longer terminate.

- Due to an upstream patch, which renamed the HTTP header controlling persistent connections from 'Proxy-Connection' to 'Connection', the NTLM pass- through authentication does not work, thus preventing login. This update adds the new 'http10' option to the squid.conf file, which can be used to enable the change in the patch. This option is set to 'off' by default.
When set to 'on', the NTLM pass-through authentication works properly, thus allowing login attempts to succeed.

- When the IPv6 protocol was disabled and Squid tried to handle an HTTP GET request containing an IPv6 address, the Squid child process terminated due to signal 6. This bug has been fixed and such requests are now handled as expected.

- The old 'stale if hit' logic did not account for cases where the stored stale response became fresh due to a successful re-validation with the origin server.
Consequently, incorrect warning messages were returned.
Now, Squid no longer marks elements as stale in the described scenario.

- When squid packages were installed before samba-winbind, the wbpriv group did not include Squid. Consequently, NTLM authentication calls failed. Now, Squid correctly adds itself into the wbpriv group if samba-winbind is installed before Squid, thus fixing this bug.

- In FIPS mode, Squid was using private MD5 hash functions for user authentication and network access. As MD5 is incompatible with FIPS mode, Squid could fail to start.
This update limits the use of the private MD5 functions to local disk file hash identifiers, thus allowing Squid to work in FIPS mode.

- Under high system load, the squid process could terminate unexpectedly with a segmentation fault during reboot. This update provides better memory handling during reboot, thus fixing this bug.

- Squid incorrectly set the timeout limit for client HTTP connections with the value for server-side connections, which is much higher, thus creating unnecessary delays.
With this update, Squid uses a proper value for the client timeout limit.

- Squid did not properly release allocated memory when generating error page contents, which caused memory leaks. Consequently, the Squid proxy server consumed a lot of memory within a short time period. This update fixes this memory leak.

- Squid did not pass the ident value to a URL rewriter that was configured using the 'url_rewrite_program' directive. Consequently, the URL rewriter received the dash character ('') as the user value instead of the correct user name. Now, the URL rewriter receives the correct user name in the described scenario.

- Squid, used as a transparent proxy, can only handle the HTTP protocol. Previously, it was possible to define a URL in which the access protocol contained the asterisk character (*) or an unknown protocol namespace URI.
Consequently, an 'Invalid URL' error message was logged to access.log during reload. This update ensures that 'http://' is always used in transparent proxy URLs, and the error message is no longer logged in this scenario.

After installing this update, the squid service will be restarted automatically.


Update the affected squid and / or squid-debuginfo packages.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 64960

File Name: sl_20130221_squid_on_SL6_x.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.1 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2013/03/01

Modified: 2013/03/01

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5

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

Patch Publication Date: 2013/02/21

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-5643