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Security Advisory Moderate: jakarta-commons-httpclient security update

Advisory: RHSA-2013:0681-1
Type: Security Advisory
Severity: Moderate
Issued on: 2013-03-25
Last updated on: 2013-03-25
Affected Products:
CVEs (cve.mitre.org): CVE-2012-5783

Details

An update for JBoss Enterprise Web Platform 5.2.0 which fixes one security
issue is now available from the Red Hat Customer Portal.

The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having moderate
security impact. A Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base score,
which gives a detailed severity rating, is available from the CVE link in
the References section.

The Jakarta Commons HttpClient component can be used to build HTTP-aware
client applications (such as web browsers and web service clients).

The Jakarta Commons HttpClient component did not verify that the server
hostname matched the domain name in the subject's Common Name (CN) or
subjectAltName field in X.509 certificates. This could allow a
man-in-the-middle attacker to spoof an SSL server if they had a certificate
that was valid for any domain name. (CVE-2012-5783)

Warning: Before applying this update, back up your existing JBoss
Enterprise Web Platform installation (including all applications and
configuration files).

All users of JBoss Enterprise Web Platform 5.2.0 as provided from the Red
Hat Customer Portal are advised to apply this update.


Solution

The References section of this erratum contains a download link (you must
log in to download the update). Before applying the update, back up your
existing JBoss Enterprise Web Platform installation (including all
applications and configuration files).

The JBoss server process must be restarted for this update to take effect.

Updated packages


Bugs fixed (see bugzilla for more information)

873317 - CVE-2012-5783 jakarta-commons-httpclient: missing connection hostname check against X.509 certificate name


References



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