Amazon Linux AMI : openssl (ALAS-2015-564)
Medium Nessus Plugin ID 84647
SynopsisThe remote Amazon Linux AMI host is missing a security update.
DescriptionDuring 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.
SolutionRun 'yum update openssl' to update your system. Note that you may need to run 'yum clean all' first.