Oracle Linux 4 / 5 : libsoup (ELSA-2009-0344)
High Nessus Plugin ID 67822
SynopsisThe remote Oracle Linux host is missing one or more security updates.
DescriptionFrom Red Hat Security Advisory 2009:0344 :
Updated libsoup and evolution28-libsoup packages that fix a security issue are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5.
This update has been rated as having moderate security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.
libsoup is an HTTP client/library implementation for GNOME written in C. It was originally part of a SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) implementation called Soup, but the SOAP and non-SOAP parts have now been split into separate packages.
An integer overflow flaw which caused a heap-based buffer overflow was discovered in libsoup's Base64 encoding routine. An attacker could use this flaw to crash, or, possibly, execute arbitrary code. This arbitrary code would execute with the privileges of the application using libsoup's Base64 routine to encode large, untrusted inputs.
All users of libsoup and evolution28-libsoup should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain a backported patch to resolve this issue. All running applications using the affected library function (such as Evolution configured to connect to the GroupWise back-end) must be restarted for the update to take effect.
SolutionUpdate the affected libsoup packages.