Debian Security Advisory DSA 188-1 (apache-ssl)

Published: 2008-01-17 21:24:46
CVE Author: NIST National Vulnerability Database

CVSS Base Vector:


Technical Details:
According to David Wagner, iDEFENSE and the Apache HTTP Server Project, several vulnerabilities have been found in the Apache Linux Distribution Package, a commonly used webserver. Most of the code is shared between the Apache and Apache-SSL Linux Distribution Packages, so vulnerabilities are shared as well. These vulnerabilities could allow an attacker to enact a denial of service against a server or execute a cross scripting attack, or steal cookies from other web site users. Vulnerabilities in the included lecacy programs htdigest, htpasswd and ApacheBench can be exploited when called via CGI. Additionally the insecure temporary file creation in htdigest and htpasswd can also be exploited locally. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project identified the following vulnerabilities: 1. CVE-2002-0839: A vulnerability exists on platforms using System V shared memory based scoreboards. This vulnerability allows an attacker to execute code under the Apache UID to exploit the Apache shared memory scoreboard format and send a signal to any process as root or cause a local denial of service attack. 2. CVE-2002-0840: Apache is susceptible to a cross site scripting vulnerability in the default 404 page of any web server hosted on a domain that allows wildcard DNS lookups. 3. CVE-2002-0843: There were some possible overflows in the utility ApacheBench (ab) which could be exploited by a malicious server. 4. CVE-2002-1233: A race condition in the htpasswd and htdigest program enables a malicious local user to read or even modify the contents of a password file or easily create and overwrite files as the user running the htpasswd (or htdigest respectively) program. 5. CVE-2001-0131: htpasswd and htdigest in Apache 2.0a9, 1.3.14, and others allows local users to overwrite arbitrary files via a symlink attack. This is the same vulnerability as CVE-2002-1233, which was fixed in potato already but got lost later and was never applied upstream. 5. NO-CAN: Several buffer overflows have been found in the ApacheBench (ab) utility that could be exploited by a remote server returning very long strings. These problems have been fixed in version for the current stable distribution (woody) and in for the old stable distribution (potato). Corrected Linux Distribution Packages for the unstable distribution (sid) are expected soon. We recommend that you upgrade your Apache-SSL Linux Distribution Package immediately.

The remote host is missing an update to apache-ssl announced via advisory DSA 188-1.

Detection Type:
Linux Distribution Package

Solution Type:
Vendor Patch

NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) NVD (National Vulnerability Database)

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CVSS Score
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