Oracle Linux 6 : nspr / nss / nss-softokn / nss-util (ELSA-2013-1144)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 69253


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From Red Hat Security Advisory 2013:1144 :

Updated nss, nss-util, nss-softokn, and nspr packages that fix two security issues, various bugs, and add enhancements are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.

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.

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.
nss-softokn provides an NSS softoken cryptographic module.

It was discovered that NSS leaked timing information when decrypting TLS/SSL and DTLS protocol encrypted records when CBC-mode cipher suites were used. A remote attacker could possibly use this flaw to retrieve plain text from the encrypted packets by using a TLS/SSL or DTLS server as a padding oracle. (CVE-2013-1620)

An out-of-bounds memory read flaw was found in the way NSS decoded certain certificates. If an application using NSS decoded a malformed certificate, it could cause the application to crash. (CVE-2013-0791)

Red Hat would like to thank the Mozilla project for reporting CVE-2013-0791. Upstream acknowledges Ambroz Bizjak as the original reporter of CVE-2013-0791.

This update also fixes the following bugs :

* The RHBA-2013:0445 update (which upgraded NSS to version 3.14) prevented the use of certificates that have an MD5 signature. This caused problems in certain environments. With this update, certificates that have an MD5 signature are once again allowed. To prevent the use of certificates that have an MD5 signature, set the 'NSS_HASH_ALG_SUPPORT' environment variable to '-MD5'. (BZ#957603)

* Previously, the sechash.h header file was missing, preventing certain source RPMs (such as firefox and xulrunner) from building.

* A memory leak in the nssutil_ReadSecmodDB() function has been fixed.

In addition, the nss package has been upgraded to upstream version 3.14.3, the nss-util package has been upgraded to upstream version 3.14.3, the nss-softokn package has been upgraded to upstream version 3.14.3, and the nspr package has been upgraded to upstream version 4.9.5. These updates provide a number of bug fixes and enhancements over the previous versions. (BZ#927157, BZ#927171, BZ#927158, BZ#927186)

Users of NSS, NSPR, nss-util, and nss-softokn are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which fix these issues and add these enhancements. After installing this update, applications using NSS, NSPR, nss-util, or nss-softokn must be restarted for this update to take effect.


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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 69253

File Name: oraclelinux_ELSA-2013-1144.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.5 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2013/08/08

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:N/A:P

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:ND/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-softokn, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:nss-softokn-devel, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:nss-softokn-freebl, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:nss-softokn-freebl-devel, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:nss-sysinit, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:nss-tools, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:nss-util, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:nss-util-devel, cpe:/o:oracle:linux:6

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: 2013/08/07

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2013-0791, CVE-2013-1620

BID: 57777, 58826

RHSA: 2013:1144