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Security update for PHP4

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(Last modified: 08JUL2005)


solutions Security update for PHP4 SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (8e92be327165b504dec328c05ca4220b)

Applies to

Package: php4
apache-mod_php4
apache2-mod_php4
mod_php4-core
mod_php4-servlet
php4-imap
php4-mysql
php4-servlet
php4-session
php4-fastcgi
php4-devel
php4-sysvshm
php4-exif
php4-pear
Product(s): SUSE CORE 9 for x86
SUSE CORE 9 for IBM POWER
SUSE CORE 9 for IBM S/390 31bit
SUSE CORE 9 for IBM zSeries 64bit
SUSE CORE 9 for AMD64 and Intel EM64T
Open Enterprise Server
Patch: patch-10302
Release: 20050708
Obsoletes: eeaf995d80f550961f0fa0dd0465e21f
37379250bd51505211e0deac0ac10467
b5002af82ab84dcd046d50ac0c81569f
cc14ff30cea8ef2a4bca1724427c70e5
ee8460dd87ca30f8864ad2c388d24504
bb15f54cd03e743f9f9dd09ccc912493

Indications

Everyone using PHP4 should update.

Contraindications

None.

Problem description

Note: After this update php4-recode can no longer be used at the same time as php4-mysql, php4-imap or apache2-mod_auth_mysql due to the RTLD_GLOBAL fixes. Please refer to /usr/share/doc/packages/php4/README.SuSE for details.
This update fixes the following security issues:
  • A bug that can be exploited by remote attackers to bypass HTML tag filtering (cross-site-scripting prevention) by supplying special tags. These kind of tags should be ignored because they are not valid but they get accepted by some commercial web-browsers.
  • A bug that can be exploited by remote attackers by triggering the memory_limit in unsafe states of a PHP execution path to execute arbitrary code.
  • Bugs caused by bad array parsing of the user input via GET, POST and COOKIE. One could lead to overwriting variable $_FILES, while the other could expose some pieces of the php memory to the attacker.
  • A bug that could disclose php sourcecode in some circumstances.
  • Various bugs in the unserializer (CAN-2004-1019).
  • A buffer overflow in the exif parser (CAN-2004-1065).
  • A bug in readline() that could lead to denial of service.
  • A bug in getimagesize() which could lead to denial of service (CAN-2005-0524, CAN-2005-0525)
  • Bugs in the exif parser could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code (CAN-2005-1042) or cause denial of service (CAN-2005-1043)).
  • A bug in the PEAR::XML_RPC library allowed remote attackers to pass arbitrary php code to the eval() function (CAN-2005-1921).
This update also fixes the following non-security issues:
  • The dlopen() flag for opening php4 modules has been reverted back to RTLD_GLOBAL, as RTDL_LOCAL had some side effects when extensions like php4-unixODBC load their own libraries (unixODBC uses RTLD_GLOBAL).
  • Pre-Requires tags of some sub-packages have been tweaked to aid computing the uninstall order.
  • performance problems of unserialize() caused by previous security update.

Solution

Please install the updates provided at the location noted below.

Installation notes

This update is provided as an RPM package that can easily be installed onto a running system by using this command:
rpm -Fvh php4.rpm apache-mod_php4.rpm apache2-mod_php4.rpm mod_php4-core.rpm mod_php4-servlet.rpm php4-imap.rpm php4-mysql.rpm php4-servlet.rpm php4-session.rpm php4-fastcgi.rpm php4-devel.rpm php4-sysvshm.rpm php4-exif.rpm php4-pear.rpm

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