Scientific Linux Security Update : nss on SL5.x i386/x86_64

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 89823


The remote Scientific Linux host is missing one or more security updates.


A heap-based buffer overflow flaw was found in the way NSS parsed certain ASN.1 structures. An attacker could use this flaw to create a specially crafted certificate which, when parsed by NSS, could cause it to crash, or execute arbitrary code, using the permissions of the user running an application compiled against the NSS library.

For the update to take effect, all applications linked to the nss library must be restarted, or the system rebooted.


Update the affected packages.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 89823

File Name: sl_20160309_nss_on_SL5_x.nasl

Version: $Revision: 2.6 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2016/03/10

Modified: 2016/10/19

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.8

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


Base Score: 8.8

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: x-cpe:/o:fermilab:scientific_linux

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

Patch Publication Date: 2016/03/09

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-1950