(RHSA-2013:0942) Moderate: krb5 security update

2013-06-12T04:00:00
ID RHSA-2013:0942
Type redhat
Reporter RedHat
Modified 2017-11-24T18:38:57

Description

Kerberos is a network authentication system which allows clients and servers to authenticate to each other using symmetric encryption and a trusted third-party, the Key Distribution Center (KDC).

It was found that kadmind's kpasswd service did not perform any validation on incoming network packets, causing it to reply to all requests. A remote attacker could use this flaw to send spoofed packets to a kpasswd service that appear to come from kadmind on a different server, causing the services to keep replying packets to each other, consuming network bandwidth and CPU. (CVE-2002-2443)

All krb5 users should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain a backported patch to correct this issue. After installing the updated packages, the krb5kdc and kadmind daemons will be restarted automatically.