(RHSA-2013:1135) Moderate: nss and nspr security, bug fix, and enhancement update

ID RHSA-2013:1135
Type redhat
Reporter RedHat
Modified 2017-09-08T07:51:49


Network Security Services (NSS) is a set of libraries designed to support the cross-platform development of security-enabled client and server applications. Netscape Portable Runtime (NSPR) provides platform independence for non-GUI operating system facilities.

It was discovered that NSS leaked timing information when decrypting TLS/SSL and DTLS protocol encrypted records when CBC-mode cipher suites were used. A remote attacker could possibly use this flaw to retrieve plain text from the encrypted packets by using a TLS/SSL or DTLS server as a padding oracle. (CVE-2013-1620)

An out-of-bounds memory read flaw was found in the way NSS decoded certain certificates. If an application using NSS decoded a malformed certificate, it could cause the application to crash. (CVE-2013-0791)

Red Hat would like to thank the Mozilla project for reporting CVE-2013-0791. Upstream acknowledges Ambroz Bizjak as the original reporter of CVE-2013-0791.

This update also fixes the following bugs:

  • A defect in the FreeBL library implementation of the Diffie-Hellman (DH) protocol previously caused Openswan to drop connections. (BZ#958023)

  • A memory leak in the nssutil_ReadSecmodDB() function has been fixed. (BZ#986969)

In addition, the nss package has been upgraded to upstream version 3.14.3, and the nspr package has been upgraded to upstream version 4.9.5. These updates provide a number of bug fixes and enhancements over the previous versions. (BZ#949845, BZ#924741)

Note that while upstream NSS version 3.14 prevents the use of certificates that have an MD5 signature, this erratum includes a patch that allows such certificates by default. To prevent the use of certificates that have an MD5 signature, set the "NSS_HASH_ALG_SUPPORT" environment variable to "-MD5".

Users of NSS and NSPR are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which fix these issues and add these enhancements. After installing this update, applications using NSS or NSPR must be restarted for this update to take effect.