USN-810-2: NSPR update

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-810-2

4th August, 2009

nspr update

A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:

  • Ubuntu 9.04
  • Ubuntu 8.10
  • Ubuntu 8.04 LTS

Software description

  • nspr


USN-810-1 fixed vulnerabilities in NSS. This update provides the NSPR
needed to use the new NSS.

Original advisory details:

Moxie Marlinspike discovered that NSS did not properly handle regular
expressions in certificate names. A remote attacker could create a
specially crafted certificate to cause a denial of service (via application
crash) or execute arbitrary code as the user invoking the program.

Moxie Marlinspike and Dan Kaminsky independently discovered that NSS did
not properly handle certificates with NULL characters in the certificate
name. An attacker could exploit this to perform a man in the middle attack
to view sensitive information or alter encrypted communications.

Dan Kaminsky discovered NSS would still accept certificates with MD2 hash
signatures. As a result, an attacker could potentially create a malicious
trusted certificate to impersonate another site. (CVE-2009-2409)

Update instructions

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package version:

Ubuntu 9.04:
libnspr4-0d 4.7.5-0ubuntu0.9.04.1
Ubuntu 8.10:
libnspr4-0d 4.7.5-0ubuntu0.8.10.1
Ubuntu 8.04 LTS:
libnspr4-0d 4.7.5-0ubuntu0.8.04.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

After a standard system upgrade you need to restart any applications that
use NSPR, such as Firefox, to effect the necessary changes.


LP: 387745