openssl, openssl095a, openssl096 security update

ID CESA-2005:476-01
Type centos
Reporter CentOS Project
Modified 2005-06-01T23:22:48


CentOS Errata and Security Advisory CESA-2005:476-01

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.

Colin Percival reported a cache timing attack that could allow a malicious local user to gain portions of cryptographic keys. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project ( assigned the name CAN-2005-0109 to the issue. The OpenSSL library has been patched to add a new fixed-window mod_exp implementation as default for RSA, DSA, and DH private-key operations. This patch is designed to mitigate cache timing and potentially related attacks.

A flaw was found in the way the der_chop script creates temporary files. It is possible that a malicious local user could cause der_chop to overwrite files (CAN-2004-0975). The der_chop script was deprecated and has been removed from these updated packages. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 did not ship der_chop and is therefore not vulnerable to this issue.

Users are advised to update to these erratum packages which contain patches to correct these issues.

Please note: After installing this update, users are advised to either restart all services that use OpenSSL or restart their system.

Merged security bulletin from advisories:

Affected packages: openssl openssl-devel openssl-perl openssl095a openssl096

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