Amazon Linux AMI : openssl (ALAS-2015-564)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 84647


The remote Amazon Linux AMI host is missing a security update.


During certificate verfification, OpenSSL (starting from version 1.0.1n and 1.0.2b) will attempt to find an alternative certificate chain if the first attempt to build such a chain fails. An error in the implementation of this logic can mean that an attacker could cause certain checks on untrusted certificates to be bypassed, such as the CA flag, enabling them to use a valid leaf certificate to act as a CA and 'issue' an invalid certificate.

This issue will impact any application that verifies certificates including SSL/TLS/DTLS clients and SSL/TLS/DTLS servers using client authentication.

The only version of OpenSSL from the Amazon Linux AMI that is impacted by this CVE is openssl-1.0.1k-10.86.amzn1, which was published as ALAS-2015-550.


Run 'yum update openssl' to update your system. Note that you may need to run 'yum clean all' first.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 84647

File Name: ala_ALAS-2015-564.nasl

Version: 1.7

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2015/07/13

Updated: 2018/04/18

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 6.4

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:N

CVSS v3.0

Base Score: 6.5

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:L/I:L/A:N

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:openssl, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:openssl-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:openssl-devel, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:openssl-perl, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:openssl-static, cpe:/o:amazon:linux

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

Patch Publication Date: 2015/07/09

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2015-1793

ALAS: 2015-564