openssl, openssl096b security update

ID CESA-2005:800
Type centos
Reporter CentOS Project
Modified 2005-10-12T10:34:48


CentOS Errata and Security Advisory CESA-2005:800

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.

OpenSSL contained a software work-around for a bug in SSL handling in Microsoft Internet Explorer version 3.0.2. This work-around is enabled in most servers that use OpenSSL to provide support for SSL and TLS. Yutaka Oiwa discovered that this work-around could allow an attacker, acting as a "man in the middle" to force an SSL connection to use SSL 2.0 rather than a stronger protocol such as SSL 3.0 or TLS 1.0. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project ( has assigned the name CAN-2005-2969 to this issue.

A bug was also fixed in the way OpenSSL creates DSA signatures. A cache timing attack was fixed in RHSA-2005-476 which caused OpenSSL to do private key calculations with a fixed time window. The DSA fix for this was not complete and the calculations are not always performed within a fixed-window. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project ( has assigned the name CAN-2005-0109 to this issue.

Users are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which remove the MISE 3.0.2 work-around and contain patches to correct these issues.

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

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Affected packages: openssl openssl-devel openssl-perl openssl096b

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