CentOS 7 : krb5 (CESA-2015:0439)

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The remote CentOS host is missing one or more security updates.


Updated krb5 packages that fix multiple security issues, several bugs, and add various enhancements are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.

Red Hat Product Security 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.

Kerberos is a networked authentication system which allows clients and servers to authenticate to each other with the help of a trusted third party, the Kerberos KDC.

A NULL pointer dereference flaw was found in the MIT Kerberos SPNEGO acceptor for continuation tokens. A remote, unauthenticated attacker could use this flaw to crash a GSSAPI-enabled server application.

A buffer overflow was found in the KADM5 administration server (kadmind) when it was used with an LDAP back end for the KDC database.
A remote, authenticated attacker could potentially use this flaw to execute arbitrary code on the system running kadmind. (CVE-2014-4345)

A use-after-free flaw was found in the way the MIT Kerberos libgssapi_krb5 library processed valid context deletion tokens. An attacker able to make an application using the GSS-API library (libgssapi) call the gss_process_context_token() function could use this flaw to crash that application. (CVE-2014-5352)

If kadmind were used with an LDAP back end for the KDC database, a remote, authenticated attacker with the permissions to set the password policy could crash kadmind by attempting to use a named ticket policy object as a password policy for a principal.

A double-free flaw was found in the way MIT Kerberos handled invalid External Data Representation (XDR) data. An authenticated user could use this flaw to crash the MIT Kerberos administration server (kadmind), or other applications using Kerberos libraries, using specially crafted XDR packets. (CVE-2014-9421)

It was found that the MIT Kerberos administration server (kadmind) incorrectly accepted certain authentication requests for two-component server principal names. A remote attacker able to acquire a key with a particularly named principal (such as 'kad/x') could use this flaw to impersonate any user to kadmind, and perform administrative actions as that user. (CVE-2014-9422)

An information disclosure flaw was found in the way MIT Kerberos RPCSEC_GSS implementation (libgssrpc) handled certain requests. An attacker could send a specially crafted request to an application using libgssrpc to disclose a limited portion of uninitialized memory used by that application. (CVE-2014-9423)

Two buffer over-read flaws were found in the way MIT Kerberos handled certain requests. A remote, unauthenticated attacker able to inject packets into a client or server application's GSSAPI session could use either of these flaws to crash the application. (CVE-2014-4341, CVE-2014-4342)

A double-free flaw was found in the MIT Kerberos SPNEGO initiators. An attacker able to spoof packets to appear as though they are from an GSSAPI acceptor could use this flaw to crash a client application that uses MIT Kerberos. (CVE-2014-4343)

Red Hat would like to thank the MIT Kerberos project for reporting the CVE-2014-5352, CVE-2014-9421, CVE-2014-9422, and CVE-2014-9423 issues.
MIT Kerberos project acknowledges Nico Williams for helping with the analysis of CVE-2014-5352.

The krb5 packages have been upgraded to upstream version 1.12, which provides a number of bug fixes and enhancements, including :

* Added plug-in interfaces for principal-to-username mapping and verifying authorization to user accounts.

* When communicating with a KDC over a connected TCP or HTTPS socket, the client gives the KDC more time to reply before it transmits the request to another server. (BZ#1049709, BZ#1127995)

This update also fixes multiple bugs, for example :

* The Kerberos client library did not recognize certain exit statuses that the resolver libraries could return when looking up the addresses of servers configured in the /etc/krb5.conf file or locating Kerberos servers using DNS service location. The library could treat non-fatal return codes as fatal errors. Now, the library interprets the specific return codes correctly. (BZ#1084068, BZ#1109102)

In addition, this update adds various enhancements. Among others :

* Added support for contacting KDCs and kpasswd servers through HTTPS proxies implementing the Kerberos KDC Proxy (KKDCP) protocol.


Update the affected krb5 packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 81896

File Name: centos_RHSA-2015-0439.nasl

Version: 1.11

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 3/18/2015

Updated: 1/4/2021

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 9

Vector: AV:N/AC:L/Au:S/C:C/I:C/A:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:krb5-devel, p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:krb5-libs, p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:krb5-pkinit, p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:krb5-server, p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:krb5-server-ldap, p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:krb5-workstation, cpe:/o:centos:centos:7

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

Patch Publication Date: 3/17/2015

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-4341, CVE-2014-4342, CVE-2014-4343, CVE-2014-4344, CVE-2014-4345, CVE-2014-5352, CVE-2014-5353, CVE-2014-9421, CVE-2014-9422, CVE-2014-9423

RHSA: 2015:0439