RHEL 6 : wpa_supplicant (RHSA-2015:1439)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 84947


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


An updated wpa_supplicant package that fixes one security issue and adds one enhancement is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.

Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having Low 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 wpa_supplicant package contains an 802.1X Supplicant with support for WEP, WPA, WPA2 (IEEE 802.11i / RSN), and various EAP authentication methods. It implements key negotiation with a WPA Authenticator for client stations and controls the roaming and IEEE 802.11 authentication and association of the WLAN driver.

An integer underflow flaw, leading to a buffer over-read, was found in the way wpa_supplicant handled WMM Action frames. A specially crafted frame could possibly allow an attacker within Wi-Fi radio range to cause wpa_supplicant to crash. (CVE-2015-4142)

This update includes the following enhancement :

* Prior to this update, wpa_supplicant did not provide a way to require the host name to be listed in an X.509 certificate's Common Name or Subject Alternative Name, and only allowed host name suffix or subject substring checks. This update introduces a new configuration directive, 'domain_match', which adds a full host name check.

All wpa_supplicant users are advised to upgrade to this updated package, which contains a backported patch to correct this issue and adds this enhancement. After installing this update, the wpa_supplicant service will be restarted automatically.


Update the affected wpa_supplicant and / or wpa_supplicant-debuginfo packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 84947

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2015-1439.nasl

Version: $Revision: 2.2 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2015/07/23

Modified: 2017/01/06

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 4.3

Temporal Score: 3.7

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:M/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:wpa_supplicant, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:wpa_supplicant-debuginfo, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:6

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: 2015/07/22

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2015-4142

BID: 74549

OSVDB: 121663

RHSA: 2015:1439