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          Squid Proxy Cache Security Update Advisory SQUID-2016:2
                             29 February 2016


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:           Squid
Publisher:         Squid
Operating System:  Windows
                   UNIX variants (UNIX, Linux, OSX)
Impact/Access:     Denial of Service -- Remote/Unauthenticated
Resolution:        Patch/Upgrade
CVE Names:         CVE-2016-2572 CVE-2016-2571 CVE-2016-2570

Original Bulletin: 

Comment: This advisory references vulnerabilities in products which run on 
         platforms other than Squid. It is recommended that administrators 
         running Squid check for an updated version of the software for their
         operating system.

Revision History:  February 29 2016: CVEs assigned to vulnerabilities
                   February 25 2016: Initial Release

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Squid Proxy Cache Security Update Advisory SQUID-2016:2

Advisory ID:        SQUID-2016:1
Date:               February 23, 2016
Summary:            Multiple Denial of Service issues
                    in HTTP Response processing.
Affected versions:  Squid 3.x -> 3.5.16
                    Squid 4.x -> 4.0.7
Fixed in version:   Squid 4.0.7, 3.5.15


Problem Description:

 Due to incorrect bounds checking Squid is vulnerable to a denial
 of service attack when processing HTTP responses.

 Due to incorrect error handling Squid-4 is vulnerable to a denial
 of service attack when processing malformed HTTP responses.



 These problems allow remote servers delivering certain unusual
 HTTP response syntax to trigger a denial of service for all
 clients accessing the Squid service.

 HTTP responses containing malformed headers that trigger this
 issue are becoming common. We are not certain at this time if
 that is a sign of malware or just broken server scripting.

 Details of a trivial attack are already circulating publicly.


Updated Packages:

 These bugs are fixed by Squid version 3.5.15 and 4.0.7.

 In addition, patches addressing these problems for the stable
 release can be found in our patch archives:

Squid 3.5:

 If you are using a prepackaged version of Squid then please refer
 to the package vendor for availability information on updated


Determining if your version is vulnerable:

 All Squid-3.2 and older have not been tested but are expected to
 be vulnerable.

 All unpatched Squid-3.3 versions are vulnerable.

 All unpatched Squid-3.4 versions are vulnerable.

 All unpatched Squid-3.5.14 and older are vulnerable.

 All unpatched Squid-4.0.6 and older are vulnerable.



 There are no good workarounds known for these vulnerabilities.

 The following squid.conf settings can protect Squid-3.5 (only)
 against the publicly published attack. But unpatched Squid
 remain vulnerable to other known attacks:

   acl Vary rep_header Vary .
   store_miss deny Vary


 The following squid.conf settings can protect against the
 publicly published attack. But unpatched Squid remain vulnerable
 to other known attacks:

   cache deny all


Contact details for the Squid project:

 For installation / upgrade support on binary packaged versions
 of Squid: Your first point of contact should be your binary
 package vendor.

 If your install and build Squid from the original Squid sources
 then the squid-users@lists.squid-cache.org mailing list is your
 primary support point. For subscription details see

 For reporting of non-security bugs in the latest STABLE release
 the squid bugzilla database should be used

 For reporting of security sensitive bugs send an email to the
 squid-bugs@lists.squid-cache.org mailing list. It's a closed
 list (though anyone can post) and security related bug reports
 are treated in confidence until the impact has been established.



 CVE-2016-2569 bounds checking vulnerability was identified and
 reported by Mathias Fischer from Open Systems AG.
 Fixed by Alex Rousskov from The Measurement Factory.

 CVE-2016-2571, CVE-2016-2572 error handling vulnerability was
 found and fixed by Alex Rousskov from The Measurement Factory.

 CVE-2016-2570 bounds checking vulnerability was found and fixed
 by William Lima.


Revision history:

 2016-02-17 06:51:25 UTC Initial Report
 2016-02-18 04:15:33 UTC Patches Released
 2016-02-19 23:15:41 UTC Additional Patches Released
 2016-02-23 16:37:27 UTC Attack PoC becomes public knowledge
 2016-02-23 18:23:00 UTC Packages Released
 2016-02-26 06:45:42 UTC CVE Assignment and additional patch referenced

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