RHEL 5 : php (RHSA-2013:1814)
Critical Nessus Plugin ID 71337
SynopsisThe remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.
DescriptionUpdated php packages that fix multiple security issues are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.
The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having critical 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.
PHP is an HTML-embedded scripting language commonly used with the Apache HTTP Server.
A memory corruption flaw was found in the way the openssl_x509_parse() function of the PHP openssl extension parsed X.509 certificates. A remote attacker could use this flaw to provide a malicious self-signed certificate or a certificate signed by a trusted authority to a PHP application using the aforementioned function, causing the application to crash or, possibly, allow the attacker to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running the PHP interpreter.
It was found that PHP did not check for carriage returns in HTTP headers, allowing intended HTTP response splitting protections to be bypassed. Depending on the web browser the victim is using, a remote attacker could use this flaw to perform HTTP response splitting attacks. (CVE-2011-1398)
An integer signedness issue, leading to a heap-based buffer underflow, was found in the PHP scandir() function. If a remote attacker could upload an excessively large number of files to a directory the scandir() function runs on, it could cause the PHP interpreter to crash or, possibly, execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2012-2688)
It was found that the PHP SOAP parser allowed the expansion of external XML entities during SOAP message parsing. A remote attacker could possibly use this flaw to read arbitrary files that are accessible to a PHP application using a SOAP extension.
Red Hat would like to thank the PHP project for reporting CVE-2013-6420. Upstream acknowledges Stefan Esser as the original reporter.
All php users are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which contain backported patches to correct these issues. After installing the updated packages, the httpd daemon must be restarted for the update to take effect.
SolutionUpdate the affected packages.