Updated OpenSSL packages that correct several security issues are now
available for CentOS 5.
This update has been rated as having important security impact by the Red
Hat Security Response Team.
OpenSSL is a 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 library. Datagram TLS (DTLS) is a protocol
based on TLS that is capable of securing datagram transport (UDP for
The OpenSSL security team discovered a flaw in DTLS support. An attacker
could create a malicious client or server that could trigger a heap
overflow. This is possibly exploitable to run arbitrary code, but it has
not been verified (CVE-2007-4995). Note that this flaw only affects
applications making use of DTLS. CentOS does not ship any DTLS client or
server applications in CentOS Linux.
A flaw was found in the SSL_get_shared_ciphers() utility function. An
attacker could send a list of ciphers to an application that used this
function and overrun a buffer with a single byte (CVE-2007-5135). Few
applications make use of this vulnerable function and generally it is used
only when applications are compiled for debugging.
A number of possible side-channel attacks were discovered affecting
OpenSSL. A local attacker could possibly obtain RSA private keys being
used on a system. In practice these attacks would be difficult to perform
outside of a lab environment. This update contains backported patches
designed to mitigate these issues. (CVE-2007-3108).
Users of OpenSSL should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain
backported patches to resolve these issues.
Please note that the fix for the DTLS flaw involved an overhaul of the DTLS
handshake processing which may introduce incompatibilities if a new client
is used with an older server.
After installing this update, users are advised to either restart all
services that use OpenSSL or restart their system.