[Full-Disclosure] [RHSA-2003:292-01] Updated OpenSSL packages fix vulnerabilities
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Red Hat Security Advisory
Synopsis: Updated OpenSSL packages fix vulnerabilities
Advisory ID: RHSA-2003:292-01
Issue date: 2003-09-30
Updated on: 2003-09-30
Product: Red Hat Linux
Keywords: ASN.1 ASN1 openSSL
CVE Names: CAN-2003-0543 CAN-2003-0544 CAN-2003-0545
Updated OpenSSL packages that fix ASN.1 parsing vulnerabilities are now
available for Red Hat Linux 9.
2. Relevant releases/architectures:
Red Hat Linux 9 - i386, i686
3. Problem description:
OpenSSL is a commercial-grade, full-featured, open source toolkit that
implements Secure Sockets Layer (SSL v2/v3) and Transport Layer Security
(TLS v1) protocols, as well as a full-strength general purpose cryptography
NISCC testing of implementations of the SSL protocol uncovered two bugs in
OpenSSL 0.9.6 and OpenSSL 0.9.7. The parsing of unusual ASN.1 tag values
can cause OpenSSL to crash. A remote attacker could trigger this bug by
sending a carefully-crafted SSL client certificate to an application. The
effects of such an attack vary depending on the application targetted;
against Apache the effects are limited, as the attack would only cause
child processes to die and be replaced. An attack against other
applications that use OpenSSL could result in a Denial of Service. The
Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned
the names CAN-2003-0543 and CAN-2003-0544 to this issue.
NISCC testing of implementations of the SSL protocol uncovered an
additional bug in OpenSSL 0.9.7. Certain ASN.1 encodings that are
rejected as invalid by the parser can trigger a bug in deallocation of a
structure, leading to a double free. A remote attacker could trigger this
bug by sending a carefully-crafted SSL client certificate to an
application. It may be possible for an attacker to exploit this issue to
execute arbitrary code. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project
(cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CAN-2003-0545 to this issue.
These erratum packages contain patches provided by the OpenSSL group that
protects against these issues.
Because server applications are affected by this issue, users are advised
to either restart all services that use OpenSSL functionality or reboot
their systems after installing these updates.
Red Hat would like to thank NISCC and Stephen Henson for their work on
These packages also include a patch from OpenSSL 0.9.6f which removes
the calls to abort the process in certain circumstances. Red Hat would
like to thank Patrik Hornik for notifying us of this issue.
Before applying this update, make sure all previously released errata
relevant to your system have been applied.
To update all RPMs for your particular architecture, run:
rpm -Fvh [filenames]
where [filenames] is a list of the RPMs you wish to upgrade. Only those
RPMs which are currently installed will be updated. Those RPMs which are
not installed but included in the list will not be updated. Note that you
can also use wildcards (*.rpm) if your current directory *only* contains the
Please note that this update is also available via Red Hat Network. Many
people find this an easier way to apply updates. To use Red Hat Network,
launch the Red Hat Update Agent with the following command:
This will start an interactive process that will result in the appropriate
RPMs being upgraded on your system.
If up2date fails to connect to Red Hat Network due to SSL Certificate
Errors, you need to install a version of the up2date client with an updated
certificate. The latest version of up2date is available from the Red Hat
FTP site and may also be downloaded directly from the RHN website:
5. Bug IDs fixed (http://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla for more info):
99066 - memory leak in SSL_new()
6. RPMs required:
Red Hat Linux 9:
MD5 sum Package Name
These packages are GPG signed by Red Hat for security. Our key is
available from https://www.redhat.com/security/keys.html
You can verify each package with the following command:
rpm --checksig -v <filename>
If you only wish to verify that each package has not been corrupted or
tampered with, examine only the md5sum with the following command:
The Red Hat security contact is <secalert at redhat.com>. More contact
details at https://www.redhat.com/solutions/security/news/contact.html
Copyright 2003 Red Hat, Inc.
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