SUSE SLED12 / SLES12 Security Update : krb5 (SUSE-SU-2015:0290-2)

high Nessus Plugin ID 83683
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MIT kerberos krb5 was updated to fix several security issues and bugs.

Security issues fixed: CVE-2014-5351: The kadm5_randkey_principal_3 function in lib/kadm5/srv/svr_principal.c in kadmind in MIT Kerberos 5 (aka krb5) sent old keys in a response to a -randkey -keepold request, which allowed remote authenticated users to forge tickets by leveraging administrative access.

- CVE-2014-5352: In the MIT krb5 libgssapi_krb5 library, after gss_process_context_token() is used to process a valid context deletion token, the caller was left with a security context handle containing a dangling pointer.
Further uses of this handle would have resulted in use-after-free and double-free memory access violations.
libgssrpc server applications such as kadmind were vulnerable as they can be instructed to call gss_process_context_token().

- CVE-2014-9421: If the MIT krb5 kadmind daemon receives invalid XDR data from an authenticated user, it may have performed use-after-free and double-free memory access violations while cleaning up the partial deserialization results. Other libgssrpc server applications might also been vulnerable if they contain insufficiently defensive XDR functions.

- CVE-2014-9422: The MIT krb5 kadmind daemon incorrectly accepted authentications to two-component server principals whose first component is a left substring of 'kadmin' or whose realm is a left prefix of the default realm.

- CVE-2014-9423: libgssrpc applications including kadmind output four or eight bytes of uninitialized memory to the network as part of an unused 'handle' field in replies to clients.

Bugs fixed :

- Work around replay cache creation race; (bnc#898439).

Note that Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the SUSE security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.


To install this SUSE Security Update use YaST online_update.
Alternatively you can run the command listed for your product :

SUSE Linux Enterprise Software Development Kit 12 :

zypper in -t patch SUSE-SLE-SDK-12-2015-74=1

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 :

zypper in -t patch SUSE-SLE-SERVER-12-2015-74=1

SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 12 :

zypper in -t patch SUSE-SLE-DESKTOP-12-2015-74=1

SUSE Linux Enterprise Build System Kit 12 :

zypper in -t patch SUSE-SLE-BSK-12-2015-74=1

To bring your system up-to-date, use 'zypper patch'.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 83683

File Name: suse_SU-2015-0290-2.nasl

Version: 2.14

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 5/20/2015

Updated: 1/6/2021

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 9

Temporal Score: 6.7

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:krb5, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:krb5-client, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:krb5-client-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:krb5-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:krb5-debugsource, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:krb5-doc, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:krb5-plugin-kdb-ldap, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:krb5-plugin-kdb-ldap-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:krb5-plugin-preauth-otp, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:krb5-plugin-preauth-otp-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:krb5-plugin-preauth-pkinit, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:krb5-plugin-preauth-pkinit-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:krb5-server, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:krb5-server-debuginfo, cpe:/o:novell:suse_linux:12

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

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 1/21/2015

Vulnerability Publication Date: 10/9/2014

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-5351, CVE-2014-5352, CVE-2014-9421, CVE-2014-9422, CVE-2014-9423

BID: 70380, 72494, 72495, 72496, 72503