RHEL 5 / 6 : krb5 (RHSA-2013:0942)
Medium Nessus Plugin ID 66883
SynopsisThe remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.
DescriptionUpdated krb5 packages that fix one security issue are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and 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.
Kerberos is a network authentication system which allows clients and servers to authenticate to each other using symmetric encryption and a trusted third-party, the Key Distribution Center (KDC).
It was found that kadmind's kpasswd service did not perform any validation on incoming network packets, causing it to reply to all requests. A remote attacker could use this flaw to send spoofed packets to a kpasswd service that appear to come from kadmind on a different server, causing the services to keep replying packets to each other, consuming network bandwidth and CPU. (CVE-2002-2443)
All krb5 users should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain a backported patch to correct this issue. After installing the updated packages, the krb5kdc and kadmind daemons will be restarted automatically.
SolutionUpdate the affected packages.