OpenSSL: Denial of Service — GLSA 200806-08

Two vulnerabilities might allow for a Denial of Service of daemons using OpenSSL.

Affected Packages

dev-libs/openssl on all architectures
Affected versions < 0.9.8g-r2
Unaffected versions >= 0.9.8g-r2, < 0.9.8f

Background

OpenSSL is an Open Source toolkit implementing the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL v2/v3) and Transport Layer Security (TLS v1) as well as a general purpose cryptography library.

Description

Ossi Herrala and Jukka Taimisto of Codenomicon discovered two vulnerabilities:

  • A double free() call in the TLS server name extension (CVE-2008-0891).
  • The OpenSSL client code does not properly handle servers that omit the Server Key Exchange message in the TLS handshake (CVE-2008-1672).

Impact

A remote attacker could connect to a vulnerable server, or entice a daemon to connect to a malicious server, causing a Denial of Service of the daemon in both cases.

Workaround

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution

All OpenSSL users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=dev-libs/openssl-0.9.8g-r2"

References

Release Date
June 23, 2008

Latest Revision
June 23, 2008: 01

Severity
normal

Exploitable
remote

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