Ubuntu 12.04 LTS / 14.04 LTS / 15.10 / 16.04 LTS : nss vulnerability (USN-3029-1)

high Nessus Plugin ID 92010
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Synopsis

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

Description

Tyson Smith and Jed Davis discovered that NSS incorrectly handled memory. A remote attacker could use this issue to cause NSS to crash, resulting in a denial of service, or possibly execute arbitrary code.

This update refreshes the NSS package to version 3.23 which includes the latest CA certificate bundle. As a security improvement, this update also modifies NSS behaviour to reject DH key sizes below 1024 bits, preventing a possible downgrade attack.

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 libnss3 package.

See Also

https://usn.ubuntu.com/3029-1/

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 92010

File Name: ubuntu_USN-3029-1.nasl

Version: 2.7

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 7/12/2016

Updated: 9/18/2019

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information

VPR

Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9

CVSS v2

Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 9.3

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

CVSS v3

Risk Factor: High

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: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libnss3, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:12.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:15.10, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:16.04

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

Patch Publication Date: 7/11/2016

Vulnerability Publication Date: 6/13/2016

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-2834

USN: 3029-1