USN-6728-3: Squid Vulnerability

The recent advisory update, USN-6728-3, has resolved previously noted vulnerabilities in the Squid proxy application, specifically addressing the problematic patch for CVE-2023-5824. Initially resolved in USN-6728-1, the patch led to unexpected crashes in certain environments operating on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, which necessitated its temporary removal in a follow-up advisory, USN-6728-2. This latest update reinstates the corrected fix, ensuring system stability and security.

The initial vulnerability, identified by cybersecurity expert Joshua Rogers, involved several critical issues. Rogers noticed that Squid was not handling various network operations correctly—ranging from collapsed forwarding and structural element handling to cache manager error responses and HTTP chunked decoder handling. These vulnerabilities could allow remote attackers to potentially cause Squid to crash, culminating in a denial of service (DoS).

Key vulnerabilities previously disclosed include:

  • CVE-2023-49288: A remote attacker could exploit the collapsed forwarding feature to cause Squid to crash through a use-after-free bug.
  • CVE-2023-5824: Incorrect handling of structural elements could cause Squid to crash, resulting in a DoS attack.
  • CVE-2024-23638: A remote trusted client could trigger a crash in Squid while it generates error pages for Cache Manager reports due to an expired pointer reference bug.
  • CVE-2024-25111: An uncontrolled recursion bug in HTTP chunked decoder handling could lead to a DoS attack.
  • CVE-2024-25617: Oversized headers in HTTP messages can cause Squid to crash due to a collapse of data into unsafe values.

These vulnerabilities highlight the complexities and the critical need for effective patch management in maintaining the security and stability of internet-facing applications like Squid. Organizations relying on Squid are advised to promptly upgrade to the latest version as recommended in the advisory, or apply the necessary patches if upgrading is not feasible immediately.

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In conclusion, the rapid response and update for fixing the noted vulnerabilities in Squid underscore the ongoing challenges and the critical importance of proactive security measures. Organizations must stay vigilant and responsive to protect their networks and data from emerging threats.