RHEL 7 : gnutls (RHSA-2014:1846)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 79207


The remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.


Updated gnutls packages that fix one security issue are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.

Red Hat Product Security 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.

The GnuTLS library provides support for cryptographic algorithms and for protocols such as Transport Layer Security (TLS). The gnutls packages also include the libtasn1 library, which provides Abstract Syntax Notation One (ASN.1) parsing and structures management, and Distinguished Encoding Rules (DER) encoding and decoding functions.

An out-of-bounds memory write flaw was found in the way GnuTLS parsed certain ECC (Elliptic Curve Cryptography) certificates or certificate signing requests (CSR). A malicious user could create a specially crafted ECC certificate or a certificate signing request that, when processed by an application compiled against GnuTLS (for example, certtool), could cause that application to crash or execute arbitrary code with the permissions of the user running the application.

Red Hat would like to thank GnuTLS upstream for reporting this issue.
Upstream acknowledges Sean Burford as the original reporter.

All gnutls users are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which contain a backported patch to correct this issue. For the update to take effect, all applications linked to the GnuTLS or libtasn1 library must be restarted.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 79207

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2014-1846.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.6 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2014/11/12

Modified: 2017/01/06

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:redhat:enterprise_linux:gnutls, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:gnutls-c++, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:gnutls-dane, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:gnutls-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:gnutls-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:gnutls-utils, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:7

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/RedHat/release, Host/RedHat/rpm-list, Host/cpu

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2014/11/12

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-8564

BID: 71003

RHSA: 2014:1846