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Old 06-16-2004, 04:05 PM   #1
Registered: Apr 2002
Location: St. Paul, Minnesota
Distribution: UbuntuStudio, Ubuntu
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OpenSSL - replacing in RedHat 7.3

I am about to expose this computer to the 'net, and one of the outstanding issues was openssl - which even in the final updates of RedHat 7.3 is suceptible to remote execution as the 'apache' user.

I modified the openssl.spec file to allow me to be able to upgrade the old openssl package (0.9.6b) on RedHat 7.3.
  • Unpack openssl
  • Copy openssl-0.9.7d.tar.gz to /usr/src/redhat/SOURCES
  • Edit openssl.spec (redhat RPM build file)...
--- old/openssl-0.9.7d/openssl.spec     Wed Mar 17 06:01:16 2004
+++ openssl-0.9.7d/openssl.spec Wed Jun 16 15:17:09 2004
@@ -2,7 +2,8 @@
 %define libmin 9
 %define librel 7
 %define librev d
-Release: 1
+#Release: 1
+Release: 1.rh7.3

 %define openssldir /var/ssl

@@ -14,6 +15,7 @@
 Copyright: Freely distributable
 Group: System Environment/Libraries
 Provides: SSL
+Provides: openssl
 Packager: Damien Miller <>
 BuildRoot:   /var/tmp/%{name}-%{version}-root
@@ -107,6 +109,10 @@
 # Make backwards-compatibility symlink to ssleay
 ln -sf /usr/bin/openssl $RPM_BUILD_ROOT/usr/bin/ssleay

+# Make RedHat 7.x happy symlink to individual libraries...
+ln -sf /usr/lib/{libmaj}.%{libmin}.%{librel} $RPM_BUILD_ROOT/usr/lib/
+ln -sf /usr/lib/{libmaj}.%{libmin}.%{librel} $RPM_BUILD_ROOT/usr/lib/
  • Become Root...
  • # cd ./openssl-0.9.7d/
  • # rpmbuild -ba openssl.spec
  • # cd /usr/src/redhat/RPM/i386
  • # rpm --upgrade openssl-0.9.7d-1.rh7.3.i386.rpm openssl-devel-0.9.7d-1.rh7.3.i386.rpm openssl-doc-0.9.7d-1.rh7.3.i386.rpm

I will post back when I have tested the bulk of the stuff on this system. So far, the system is running pretty stable though.
Old 06-16-2004, 06:31 PM   #2
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Location: St. Paul, Minnesota
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Thumbs up So far so good...

I've tested multiple key services with this so far, and everything looks good. If I run into any issues, I'll be sure to let everyone know. If you have any questions, or see any issues, post here, and I'll try to get back to you in a timely manner.


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