Security update for OpenSSL
(Last modified: 30JUL2002)
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In the SSL library, various blobs of data passed from the client to the server or vice versa were being copied to local buffers without checking their size. At least one overflow in the SSLv2 server code can be exploited by an attacker to gain access to the account under which the SSL enabled service is running. The other overflows happen in the SSL client code.
The impact of this bug depends on the service using SSL. When attacking the Apache HTTP server with mod_ssl enabled, the perpetrator could gain access to the account "wwwrun". Attacking other services, such as the OpenLDAP slapd server, could even give the attacker access to the system's root account.
The impact of the signedness bug in the ASN.1 has not yet been fully assessed. Denial of service type attacks are definitely possible, but it is unclear at the time whether these problems could also be exploited to gain entrance to a system. If that was the case, "offline" applications that handle e.g. X.509 certificates through OpenSSL could be affected as well.
As a workaround for web servers, you can do one of the following:
- uninstall mod_ssl, if you don't need it
- temporarily disable SSLv2, by editing /etc/httpd/httpd.conf and adding the following line to the mod_ssl configuration group:
SSLProtocols all -SSLv2
Since the SSL client implementation is affected as well, and due to the potential impact of the ASN.1 signedness issues, we recommend that users who do not run SSL enabled services upgrade openssl as well.
rpm -Fvh openssl*.rpm
After upgrading the package, you should restart all services using the library, either by rebooting the entire machine or by restarting services and applications individually. When doing the latter, you can use the following command to find out which processes use the libraries:
fuser -v /usr/lib/libssl.so.0.9.* /usr/lib/libcrypto.so.0.9.*
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