RHEL 6 / 7 : nss-util (RHSA-2017:1102)

High Nessus Plugin ID 99503


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


An update for nss-util is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2 Advanced Update Support, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 Advanced Update Support, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 Advanced Update Support, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 Telco Extended Update Support, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.6 Advanced Update Support, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.6 Telco Extended Update Support, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.7 Extended Update Support, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2 Extended Update Support.

Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having a security impact of Critical. A Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base score, which gives a detailed severity rating, is available for each vulnerability from the CVE link(s) in the References section.

The nss-util packages provide utilities for use with the Network Security Services (NSS) libraries.

Security Fix(es) :

* An out-of-bounds write flaw was found in the way NSS performed certain Base64-decoding operations. 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. (CVE-2017-5461)

Red Hat would like to thank the Mozilla project for reporting this issue. Upstream acknowledges Ronald Crane as the original reporter.


Update the affected nss-util, nss-util-debuginfo and / or nss-util-devel packages.

See Also



Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 99503

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2017-1102.nasl

Version: $Revision: 3.5 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2017/04/20

Modified: 2018/01/25

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 5.5

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:U/RL:OF/RC:C


Base Score: 9.8

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:nss-util, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:nss-util-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:nss-util-devel, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:6.2, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:6.4, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:6.5, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:6.6, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:6.7, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:7.2

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: 2017/04/20

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2017-5461

OSVDB: 155952

RHSA: 2017:1102