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22 February 2013

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             AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution

                Moderate: squid security and bug fix update
                             22 February 2013


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:           squid
Publisher:         Red Hat
Operating System:  Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 6
                   Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS/Desktop 6
Impact/Access:     Denial of Service -- Remote/Unauthenticated
Resolution:        Patch/Upgrade
CVE Names:         CVE-2012-5643  

Reference:         ESB-2012.1199.2

Original Bulletin: 

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                   Red Hat Security Advisory

Synopsis:          Moderate: squid security and bug fix update
Advisory ID:       RHSA-2013:0505-02
Product:           Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Advisory URL:      https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2013-0505.html
Issue date:        2013-02-21
CVE Names:         CVE-2012-5643 

1. Summary:

Updated squid packages that fix one security issue and several bugs are now
available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.

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.

2. Relevant releases/architectures:

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server (v. 6) - i386, ppc64, s390x, x86_64
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Workstation (v. 6) - i386, x86_64

3. Description:

Squid is a high-performance proxy caching server for web clients that
supports FTP, Gopher, and HTTP data objects.

A denial of service flaw was found in the way the Squid Cache Manager
processed certain requests. A remote attacker who is able to access the
Cache Manager CGI could use this flaw to cause Squid to consume an
excessive amount of memory. (CVE-2012-5643)

This update also fixes the following bugs:

* Due to a bug in the ConnStateData::noteMoreBodySpaceAvailable() function,
child processes of Squid terminated upon encountering a failed assertion.
An upstream patch has been provided and Squid child processes no longer
terminate. (BZ#805879)

* Due to an upstream patch, which renamed the HTTP header controlling
persistent connections from "Proxy-Connection" to "Connection", the NTLM
pass-through authentication does not work, thus preventing login. This
update adds the new "http10" option to the squid.conf file, which can be
used to enable the change in the patch. This option is set to "off" by
default. When set to "on", the NTLM pass-through authentication works
properly, thus allowing login attempts to succeed. (BZ#844723)

* When the IPv6 protocol was disabled and Squid tried to handle an HTTP GET
request containing an IPv6 address, the Squid child process terminated due
to signal 6. This bug has been fixed and such requests are now handled as
expected. (BZ#832484)

* The old "stale if hit" logic did not account for cases where the stored
stale response became fresh due to a successful re-validation with the
origin server. Consequently, incorrect warning messages were returned. Now,
Squid no longer marks elements as stale in the described scenario.

* When squid packages were installed before samba-winbind, the wbpriv group
did not include Squid. Consequently, NTLM authentication calls failed. Now,
Squid correctly adds itself into the wbpriv group if samba-winbind is
installed before Squid, thus fixing this bug. (BZ#797571)

* In FIPS mode, Squid was using private MD5 hash functions for user
authentication and network access. As MD5 is incompatible with FIPS mode,
Squid could fail to start. This update limits the use of the private MD5
functions to local disk file hash identifiers, thus allowing Squid to work
in FIPS mode. (BZ#833086)

* Under high system load, the squid process could terminate unexpectedly
with a segmentation fault during reboot. This update provides better memory
handling during reboot, thus fixing this bug. (BZ#782732)

* Squid incorrectly set the timeout limit for client HTTP connections with
the value for server-side connections, which is much higher, thus creating
unnecessary delays. With this update, Squid uses a proper value for the
client timeout limit. (BZ#798090)

* Squid did not properly release allocated memory when generating error
page contents, which caused memory leaks. Consequently, the Squid proxy
server consumed a lot of memory within a short time period. This update
fixes this memory leak. (BZ#758861)

* Squid did not pass the ident value to a URL rewriter that was configured
using the "url_rewrite_program" directive. Consequently, the URL rewriter
received the dash character ("") as the user value instead of the correct
user name. Now, the URL rewriter receives the correct user name in the
described scenario. (BZ#797884)

* Squid, used as a transparent proxy, can only handle the HTTP protocol.
Previously, it was possible to define a URL in which the access protocol
contained the asterisk character (*) or an unknown protocol namespace URI.
Consequently, an "Invalid URL" error message was logged to access.log
during reload. This update ensures that "http://" is always used in
transparent proxy URLs, and the error message is no longer logged in this
scenario. (BZ#720504)

All users of squid are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which
fix these issues. After installing this update, the squid service will be
restarted automatically.

4. Solution:

Before applying this update, make sure all previously-released errata
relevant to your system have been applied.

This update is available via the Red Hat Network. Details on how to
use the Red Hat Network to apply this update are available at

5. Bugs fixed (http://bugzilla.redhat.com/):

797571 - squid userid not added to wbpriv group
798090 - client timeout uses server-side "read_timeout", not "request_timeout"
832484 - Squid exits due to signal 6 when IPv6 is disabled and HTTP GET request contains IPv6
833086 - squid uses a private md5 hash function for user auth, bypassing FIPS 140-2 restrictions
844723 - The NTLM pass-through authentication doesn't work via squid-3.1.10
847056 - squid incorrectly marks elements as stale when the client uses If-Modified-Since and
If-None-Match headers
887962 - CVE-2012-5643 squid: cachemgr.cgi memory usage DoS and memory leaks

6. Package List:

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server (v. 6):






Red Hat Enterprise Linux Workstation (v. 6):




These packages are GPG signed by Red Hat for security.  Our key and
details on how to verify the signature are available from

7. References:


8. Contact:

The Red Hat security contact is <secalert@redhat.com>.  More contact
details at https://access.redhat.com/security/team/contact/

Copyright 2013 Red Hat, Inc.

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