Scientific Linux Security Update : openssl098e on SL6.x, SL7.x i386/x86_64 (DROWN)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 89825


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


A padding oracle flaw was found in the Secure Sockets Layer version 2.0 (SSLv2) protocol. An attacker can potentially use this flaw to decrypt RSA-encrypted cipher text from a connection using a newer SSL/TLS protocol version, allowing them to decrypt such connections.
This cross-protocol attack is publicly referred to as DROWN.

It was discovered that the SSLv2 servers using OpenSSL accepted SSLv2 connection handshakes that indicated non-zero clear key length for non- export cipher suites. An attacker could use this flaw to decrypt recorded SSLv2 sessions with the server by using it as a decryption oracle.(CVE-2016-0703)

It was discovered that the SSLv2 protocol implementation in OpenSSL did not properly implement the Bleichenbacher protection for export cipher suites. An attacker could use a SSLv2 server using OpenSSL as a Bleichenbacher oracle. (CVE-2016-0704)

Note: The CVE-2016-0703 and CVE-2016-0704 issues could allow for more efficient exploitation of the CVE-2016-0800 issue via the DROWN attack.

A denial of service flaw was found in the way OpenSSL handled SSLv2 handshake messages. A remote attacker could use this flaw to cause a TLS/SSL server using OpenSSL to exit on a failed assertion if it had both the SSLv2 protocol and EXPORT-grade cipher suites enabled.

A flaw was found in the way malicious SSLv2 clients could negotiate SSLv2 ciphers that have been disabled on the server. This could result in weak SSLv2 ciphers being used for SSLv2 connections, making them vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks. (CVE-2015-3197)

For the update to take effect, all services linked to the openssl098e library must be restarted, or the system rebooted.


Update the affected openssl098e and / or openssl098e-debuginfo packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 89825

File Name: sl_20160309_openssl098e_on_SL6_x.nasl

Version: $Revision: 2.7 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2016/03/10

Modified: 2016/10/19

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5

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


Base Score: 5.9

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

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-2015-0293, CVE-2015-3197, CVE-2016-0703, CVE-2016-0704, CVE-2016-0800