CentOS 6 : squid (CESA-2013:0505)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 65140

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The remote CentOS host is missing a security update.


Updated squid packages that fix one security issue and several bugs are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.

The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having moderate security impact. A Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base score, which gives a detailed severity rating, is available from the CVE link in the References section.

Squid is a high-performance proxy caching server for web clients that supports FTP, Gopher, and HTTP data objects.

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. (BZ#805879)

* 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. (BZ#844723)

* 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. (BZ#832484)

* 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. (BZ#847056)

* 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. (BZ#833086)

* 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. (BZ#798090)

* 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. (BZ#758861)

* 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. (BZ#797884)

* 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. (BZ#720504)

All users of squid are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which fix these issues. After installing this update, the squid service will be restarted automatically.


Update the affected squid package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 65140

File Name: centos_RHSA-2013-0505.nasl

Version: 1.12

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2013/03/10

Updated: 2020/09/24

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium

VPR Score: 3.6

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2012-5643

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 3.7

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:U/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:squid, cpe:/o:centos:centos:6

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/CentOS/release, Host/CentOS/rpm-list

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2013/03/08

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2012/12/20

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-5643

BID: 56957

RHSA: 2013:0505