Ubuntu 12.04 LTS / 14.04 LTS / 15.04 : commons-httpclient vulnerabilities (USN-2769-1)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 86401

Synopsis

The remote Ubuntu host is missing a security-related patch.

Description

It was discovered that Apache Commons HttpClient did not properly verify the Common Name or subjectAltName fields of X.509 certificates.
An attacker could exploit this to perform a man in the middle attack to view sensitive information or alter encrypted communications. This issue only affected Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. (CVE-2012-5783)

Florian Weimer discovered the fix for CVE-2012-5783 was incomplete for Apache Commons HttpClient. An attacker could exploit this to perform a man in the middle attack to view sensitive information or alter encrypted communications. This issue only affected Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.
(CVE-2012-6153)

Subodh Iyengar and Will Shackleton discovered the fix for CVE-2012-5783 was incomplete for Apache Commons HttpClient. An attacker could exploit this to perform a man in the middle attack to view sensitive information or alter encrypted communications.
(CVE-2014-3577)

It was discovered that Apache Commons HttpClient did not properly handle read timeouts during HTTPS handshakes. A remote attacker could trigger this flaw to cause a denial of service. (CVE-2015-5262).

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

Solution

Update the affected libcommons-httpclient-java package.

See Also

https://usn.ubuntu.com/2769-1/

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 86401

File Name: ubuntu_USN-2769-1.nasl

Version: 2.8

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 10/15/2015

Updated: 1/19/2021

Supported Sensors: Frictionless Assessment Agent, Frictionless Assessment AWS, Frictionless Assessment Azure, Nessus Agent

Risk Information

VPR

Risk Factor: Low

Score: 3.7

CVSS v2

Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 5.8

Temporal Score: 4.3

Vector: AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:N

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libcommons-httpclient-java, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:12.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:15.04

Required KB Items: Host/cpu, Host/Ubuntu, Host/Ubuntu/release, Host/Debian/dpkg-l

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 10/14/2015

Vulnerability Publication Date: 11/4/2012

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-5783, CVE-2012-6153, CVE-2014-3577, CVE-2015-5262

USN: 2769-1