Oracle Linux 4 : gnutls (ELSA-2006-0680)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 67410


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


From Red Hat Security Advisory 2006:0680 :

Updated gnutls packages that fix a security issue are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.

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

The GnuTLS Library provides support for cryptographic algorithms and protocols such as TLS. GnuTLS includes libtasn1, a library developed for ASN.1 structures management that includes DER encoding and decoding.

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 core GnuTLS team discovered that GnuTLS is vulnerable to a variant of the Bleichenbacker attack. This issue affects applications that use GnuTLS to verify X.509 certificates as well as other uses of PKCS #1 v1.5. (CVE-2006-4790)

In Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, the GnuTLS library is only used by the Evolution client when connecting to an Exchange server or when publishing calendar information to a WebDAV server.

Users are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which contain a backported patch from the GnuTLS maintainers to correct this issue.


Update the affected gnutls packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 67410

File Name: oraclelinux_ELSA-2006-0680.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.4 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2013/07/12

Modified: 2015/12/01

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 4.3

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:gnutls, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:gnutls-devel, cpe:/o:oracle:linux:4

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

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2006/11/30

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2006/09/08

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2006-4790

BID: 20027

OSVDB: 28778

RHSA: 2006:0680