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Date: Wed, 4 Aug 2010 17:23:58 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Steven M. Christey" <>
Subject: Re: CVE-2010-2791: mod_proxy information leak affecting
 2.2.9 only

A subtle comment here.  Arguably, this is the same core bug and could have 
been merged into CVE-2010-2068, even though the versions are different. 
Effectively, you've got multiple independent "streams" of 2.2.x Apache - 
which vary by operating system - and there's no overlap between which 
"stream" is affected by CVE-2010-2791 versus the ones that are affected by 
CVE-2010-2068.  And there are no regression errors.  This general 
abstraction difficulty applies to most software that runs on multiple 
platforms, where each platform has slightly different up-to-date versions, 
or delays in fixes for some platforms versus others.  (You could extend 
the logic to how each distro maintains its own versions of common 

However, this is a fairly arcane point that demonstrates the difficulty of 
keeping CVE consistent with only a couple simple rules (split-by-vulntype 
and split-by-version), instead of getting mired in lots of exceptions.

As a practical matter, this is a fairly important distinction, and if we 
were to MERGE into CVE-2010-2068 and update the description, that might 
not be enough of a "signal" to sysadmins that they have to re-evaluate 
their security posture.  So I'm reluctantly OK with leaving CVE-2010-2791 
separate - but I don't want to set this up as a formal precedent for these 
kinds of abstraction choices for later disclosures.

- Steve

On Fri, 30 Jul 2010, Joe Orton wrote:

> Jeremy Sowden discovered an information leak in mod_proxy affecting
> httpd version 2.2.9 only.  If a timeout occurred reading a response from
> a backend on a persistent connection, the backend connection was not
> closed.  The response could subsequently be read and delivered to an
> unrelated client.
> This issue has been assigned CVE name CVE-2010-2791, and is equivalent
> to CVE-2010-2068 (fixed in 2.2.16) but affects httpd on Unix.  The bug
> was fixed* in 2.2.10 but the security impact was not known at the time.
> I'll update to
> reflect this shortly.
> Regards, Joe
> * fix for 2.2.x branch:

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