CentOS 4 : openssl (CESA-2007:1003)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 67058

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VPR Score: 5.8


The remote CentOS host is missing one or more security updates.


Updated OpenSSL packages that correct a security issue and various bugs are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.

This update has been rated as having moderate security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.

OpenSSL is a toolkit that implements the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL v2/v3) and Transport Layer Security (TLS v1) protocols, and is also a full-strength general-purpose cryptography library.

A flaw was found in the SSL_get_shared_ciphers() utility function. An attacker could send a list of ciphers to an application that used this function and overrun a buffer by a single byte (CVE-2007-5135). Few applications make use of this vulnerable function and generally it is used only when applications are compiled for debugging.

A number of possible side-channel attacks were discovered affecting OpenSSL. A local attacker could possibly obtain RSA private keys being used on a system. In practice these attacks would be difficult to perform outside of a lab environment. This update contains backported patches to mitigate these issues. (CVE-2007-3108)

As well, these updated packages fix the following bugs :

* multithreaded applications could cause a segmentation fault or deadlock when calling the random number generator initialization (RAND_poll) in the OpenSSL library, for a large number of threads simultaneously.

* in certain circumstances, if an application using the OpenSSL library reused the SSL session cache for multiple purposes (with various parameters of the SSL protocol), the session parameters could be mismatched.

* a segmentation fault could occur when a corrupted pkcs12 file was being loaded using the 'openssl pkcs12 -in [pkcs12-file]' command, where [pkcs12-file] is the pkcs12 file.

Users of OpenSSL should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain backported patches to resolve these issues.

Note: After installing this update, users are advised to either restart all services that use OpenSSL or restart their system.


Update the affected openssl packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 67058

File Name: centos_RHSA-2007-1003.nasl

Version: 1.8

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2013/06/29

Updated: 2021/01/04

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium

VPR Score: 5.8

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 6.8

Temporal Score: 5

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:openssl, p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:openssl-devel, p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:openssl-perl, cpe:/o:centos:centos:4

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: 2007/11/15

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2007/08/07

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2007-3108, CVE-2007-5135

BID: 25831

RHSA: 2007:1003

CWE: 189