Oracle Linux 5 : nspr / nss (ELSA-2012-1090)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 68580


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


From Red Hat Security Advisory 2012:1090 :

Updated nss and nspr packages that fix two security issues, several bugs, and add various enhancements are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.

The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having moderate security impact. A Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base score, which gives a detailed severity rating, is available from the CVE link in the References section.

Network Security Services (NSS) is a set of libraries designed to support the cross-platform development of security-enabled client and server applications. Netscape Portable Runtime (NSPR) provides platform independence for non-GUI operating system facilities.

A flaw was found in the way the ASN.1 (Abstract Syntax Notation One) decoder in NSS handled zero length items. This flaw could cause the decoder to incorrectly skip or replace certain items with a default value, or could cause an application to crash if, for example, it received a specially crafted OCSP (Online Certificate Status Protocol) response. (CVE-2012-0441)

It was found that a Certificate Authority (CA) issued a subordinate CA certificate to its customer, that could be used to issue certificates for any name. This update renders the subordinate CA certificate as untrusted. (BZ#798533)

Note: The BZ#798533 fix only applies to applications using the NSS Builtin Object Token. It does not render the certificates untrusted for applications that use the NSS library, but do not use the NSS Builtin Object Token.

In addition, the nspr package has been upgraded to upstream version 4.9.1, and the nss package has been upgraded to upstream version 3.13.5. These updates provide a number of bug fixes and enhancements over the previous versions. (BZ#834220, BZ#834219)

All NSS and NSPR users should upgrade to these updated packages, which correct these issues and add these enhancements. After installing the update, applications using NSS and NSPR must be restarted for the changes to take effect.


Update the affected nspr and / or nss packages.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 68580

File Name: oraclelinux_ELSA-2012-1090.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.6 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2013/07/12

Modified: 2016/05/06

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 3.7

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:nspr, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:nspr-devel, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:nss, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:nss-devel, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:nss-pkcs11-devel, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:nss-tools, cpe:/o:oracle:linux:5

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: 2012/07/18

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-0441

BID: 53798

OSVDB: 82675

RHSA: 2012:1090