First off, let me say that I'm a Windows admin trying to address a vulnerability in Linux, so please use small words.

I have a CentOS server that has been identified as being vulnerable to POODLE, so I found the POODLE wiki and verified that I am at a higher patch level than what is required. Now I need to find mitigation steps for the installed services.

I used "yum list installed" and checked through the list for software referenced in the wiki's mitigation steps. I found that I have:

  • httpd.x86_64 2.2.15-39.el6.centos
  • httpd-manual.noarch 2.2.15-39.el6.centos
  • httpd-tools.x86_64 2.2.15-39.el6.centos

Super. So I clicked the link to view httpd mitigation. The resolutions steps say I should modify either ssl.conf or nss.conf, but I don't have either of those files.

Now I'm stuck. I do not know the URL to the site(s) hosted on this server.

  • How do you know you're vulnerable? Sep 10, 2015 at 17:43
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    grep -r SSLProtocol /etc/httpd/ will find httpd config files with the appropriate SSL settings in it - ssl.conf is the default but it may have been renamed. If not there, perhaps something other than httpd is listening - if you know what port it's on, use netstat -tnlp as root to see the PID of the process listening to that port.
    – gowenfawr
    Sep 10, 2015 at 17:50
  • Whomever notified you of the vulnerability should be able to tell you what sites on the server are vulnerable, or at least what port the vulnerable service(s) are running on.
    – Iszi
    Sep 10, 2015 at 18:52
  • An alternative option is to obtain (or compile yourself) a version of OpenSSL without SSLv3 support. I have no idea how best to do this on CentOS or I'd suggest it as an answer, but maybe somebody has a better idea of how viable this would be or what it would take and can turn it into an answer.
    – CBHacking
    Sep 11, 2015 at 7:46
  • The customer hired some security company to do a scan and this vulnerability came back, for this server. So I ran grep -r SSLProtocol /etc/httpd/ and found that SSLProtocol only appears in "/etc/httpd/conf.d/unused/ssl.conf.bak:SSLProtocol all -SSLv2" and binary file "/etc/httpd/modules/mod_ssl.so". Sep 11, 2015 at 15:05

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On CentOS 6

SSLProtocol all -SSLv2 -SSLv3

Needs to be in each virtual host that provides SSL support. Look for any file that has

SSLEngine on

and place the SSLProtocol directive after it.

I do not recommend replacing the OpenSSL on CentOS 6, too many applications use the vendor provided OpenSSL and it can get messy to try and have two different versions installed at once. The directive works, you just need to make sure it is in each virtualhost that enables SSL support.

  • When I grep for "SSLEngine", I get back the same two results as when I look for SSLProtocol. I guess I don't understand how this particular server is vulnerable to POODLE. Sep 14, 2015 at 13:12
  • You have to create the directive on every virtual host or older versions of Apache automatically include SSLv3 Sep 30, 2015 at 17:07

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