Oracle Linux 4 : openssl (ELSA-2010-0977)

Critical Nessus Plugin ID 68163


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


From Red Hat Security Advisory 2010:0977 :

Updated openssl packages that fix three security issues are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.

The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having moderate security impact. Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base scores, which give detailed severity ratings, are available for each vulnerability from the CVE links in the References section.

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

A ciphersuite downgrade flaw was found in the OpenSSL SSL/TLS server code. A remote attacker could possibly use this flaw to change the ciphersuite associated with a cached session stored on the server, if the server enabled the SSL_OP_NETSCAPE_REUSE_CIPHER_CHANGE_BUG option, possibly forcing the client to use a weaker ciphersuite after resuming the session. (CVE-2010-4180, CVE-2008-7270)

Note: With this update, setting the SSL_OP_NETSCAPE_REUSE_CIPHER_CHANGE_BUG option has no effect and this bug workaround can no longer be enabled.

It was discovered that OpenSSL did not always check the return value of the bn_wexpand() function. An attacker able to trigger a memory allocation failure in that function could possibly crash an application using the OpenSSL library and its UBSEC hardware engine support. (CVE-2009-3245)

All OpenSSL users should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain backported patches to resolve these issues. For the update to take effect, all services linked to the OpenSSL library must be restarted, or the system rebooted.


Update the affected openssl packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 68163

File Name: oraclelinux_ELSA-2010-0977.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.4 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2013/07/12

Modified: 2016/05/06

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Critical


Base Score: 10

Temporal Score: 8.7

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:openssl, 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: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2010/12/13

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-7270, CVE-2009-3245, CVE-2010-4180

BID: 38562, 45164, 45254

OSVDB: 62844, 69565, 69655

RHSA: 2010:0977

CWE: 20