Updated redhat-ds-base and redhat-ds-admin packages are now available that
fix security issues and various bugs.
This update has been rated as having moderate security impact by the Red Hat
Security Response Team.
Red Hat Directory Server is an LDAPv3-compliant directory server. Multiple memory leaks were identified in the Directory Server. An unauthenticated remote attacker could use these flaws to trigger high memory consumption in the Directory Server, possibly causing it to crash or terminate unexpectedly when running out of available memory. (CVE-2008-3283) [Updated 3rd October 2008] Ulf Weltman of Hewlett Packard discovered a flaw in the way Directory Server handled LDAP search requests with patterns. A remote attacker with access to the LDAP service could create a search request that, when the search pattern was matched against specially crafted data records, caused Directory Server to use a large amount of CPU time because the Directory Server did not impose time limits on such search requests. In this updated package, Directory Server imposes the nsslapd-timelimit attribute on the pattern-search query run times. This attribute has the default limit of 3600 seconds; to shorten this limit, use ldapmodify to change the nsslapd-timelimit value in the cn=config entry. (CVE-2008-2930) In addition to these security fixes, the following bugs have been fixed in these updated packages: * The change sequence numbers in multi-master replication had a built-in time skew to accommodate differences in the clocks on master servers. Under certain circumstances, this skew exceeded the maximum allowable skew, causing replication to stop entirely. * If an entry with a large attribute value, such as over 32KB, was replicated, the replication could fail with a DB_BUFFER_SMALL error. * If a password policy attribute such as accountunlocktime was added to an entry, the server would attempt to replicate that attribute, causing replication to fail. * The Directory Server would crash during the index operation if replication was configured and an attribute value was scheduled to be deleted which was indexed or had an attribute subtype which was indexed. * On x86_64 systems, recursively adding groups as members to other groups could crash the server because the stack size for the memberOf plug-in on 64-bit systems was hard-coded to 256KB, regardless of the ulimit value. * Attempting to register a new Directory Server instance to a remote Configuration Directory would fail; a new -u option has been added to the setup-ds-admin.pl script to resolve this. * Creating a new Directory Server instance through the Console would fail if it was attempted after the Admin Server was restarted. * If the Directory Server Console was set to use SSL, then clicking the "Manage Certificates" in the Console threw a Java exception and the window would not open. * A problem in the SASL IO handling meant that memory was not reallocated after SASL binds. For example, a simple bind coming immediately after a SASL bind might have failed. All users of Red Hat Directory Server 8.0 should upgrade to these updated packages, which resolve these issues.