Updated openssl packages that fix one security issue 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 for each vulnerability from the CVE link(s) associated with each description below.
OpenSSL is a toolkit that implements the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL v2/v3) and Transport Layer Security (TLS v1) protocols, as well as a full-strength, general purpose cryptography library.
A ciphersuite downgrade flaw was found in the OpenSSL SSL/TLS server code. A remote attacker could possibly use this flaw to change the ciphersuite associated with a cached session stored on the server, if the server enabled the SSL_OP_NETSCAPE_REUSE_CIPHER_CHANGE_BUG option, possibly forcing the client to use a weaker ciphersuite after resuming the session.
Note that with this update, setting the SSL_OP_NETSCAPE_REUSE_CIPHER_CHANGE_BUG option has no effect and this bug workaround can no longer be enabled.
All OpenSSL users should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain a backported patch to resolve this issue. For the update to take effect, all services linked to the OpenSSL library must be restarted, or the system rebooted.