Ubuntu 14.04 LTS / 16.04 LTS / 16.10 / 17.04 : nss vulnerabilities (USN-3270-1)

High Nessus Plugin ID 99724


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


Karthik Bhargavan and Gaetan Leurent discovered that the DES and Triple DES ciphers were vulnerable to birthday attacks. A remote attacker could possibly use this flaw to obtain clear text data from long encrypted sessions. This update causes NSS to limit use of the same symmetric key. (CVE-2016-2183)

It was discovered that NSS incorrectly handled Base64 decoding. A remote attacker could use this flaw to cause NSS to crash, resulting in a denial of service, or possibly execute arbitrary code.

This update refreshes the NSS package to version 3.28.4 which includes the latest CA certificate bundle.

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.


Update the affected libnss3 package.

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 99724

File Name: ubuntu_USN-3270-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 3.5 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2017/04/28

Modified: 2018/01/30

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

Temporal Score: 9.5

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:F/RL:X/RC:X

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libnss3, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:16.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:16.10, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:17.04

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

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2017/04/27

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-2183, CVE-2017-5461

OSVDB: 143387, 143388, 155952

USN: 3270-1