Oracle Linux 4 : openssl (ELSA-2006-0695 / ELSA-2006-0661)

critical Nessus Plugin ID 67405
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The remote Oracle Linux host is missing a security update.


Updated OpenSSL packages are now available to correct several security issues.

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

The OpenSSL toolkit provides support for secure communications between machines. OpenSSL includes a certificate management tool and shared libraries which provide various cryptographic algorithms and protocols.

These vulnerabilities can affect applications which use OpenSSL to parse ASN.1 data from untrusted sources, including SSL servers which enable client authentication and S/MIME applications.

Users are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which contain backported patches to correct these issues.

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

From Red Hat Security Advisory 2006:0695 :

Tavis Ormandy and Will Drewry of the Google Security Team discovered a buffer overflow 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 (CVE-2006-3738). Few applications make use of this vulnerable function and generally it is used only when applications are compiled for debugging.

Tavis Ormandy and Will Drewry of the Google Security Team discovered a flaw in the SSLv2 client code. When a client application used OpenSSL to create an SSLv2 connection to a malicious server, that server could cause the client to crash. (CVE-2006-4343)

Dr S. N. Henson of the OpenSSL core team and Open Network Security recently developed an ASN.1 test suite for NISCC ( which uncovered denial of service vulnerabilities :

* Certain public key types can take disproportionate amounts of time to process, leading to a denial of service. (CVE-2006-2940)

* During parsing of certain invalid ASN.1 structures an error condition was mishandled. This can result in an infinite loop which consumed system memory (CVE-2006-2937). This issue does not affect the OpenSSL version distributed in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1.

From Red Hat Security Advisory 2006:0661 :

Daniel Bleichenbacher recently described an attack on PKCS #1 v1.5 signatures. Where an RSA key with exponent 3 is used it may be possible for an attacker to forge a PKCS #1 v1.5 signature that would be incorrectly verified by implementations that do not check for excess data in the RSA exponentiation result of the signature.

The Google Security Team discovered that OpenSSL is vulnerable to this attack. This issue affects applications that use OpenSSL to verify X.509 certificates as well as other uses of PKCS #1 v1.5.

This errata also resolves a problem where a customized ca-bundle.crt file was overwritten when the openssl package was upgraded.


Update the affected openssl packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 67405

File Name: oraclelinux_ELSA-2006-0661.nasl

Version: 1.8

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 7/12/2013

Updated: 1/14/2021

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 10

Temporal Score: 7.8

Vector: AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

Temporal Vector: E:POC/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:openssl, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:openssl096b, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:openssl-devel, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:openssl-perl, cpe:/o:oracle:linux:4

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 11/30/2006

Vulnerability Publication Date: 9/5/2006

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2006-2937, CVE-2006-2940, CVE-2006-3738, CVE-2006-4339, CVE-2006-4343

BID: 19849