OpenSSL: Denial of Service — GLSA 200904-08

An error in OpenSSL might allow for a Denial of Service when printing certificate details.

Affected Packages

dev-libs/openssl on all architectures
Affected versions < 0.9.8k
Unaffected versions >= 0.9.8k

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

The ASN1_STRING_print_ex() function does not properly check the provided length of a BMPString or UniversalString, leading to an invalid memory access.

Impact

A remote attacker could entice a user or automated system to print a specially crafted certificate, possibly leading to a Denial of Service.

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-0.9.8k"

References

Release Date
April 07, 2009

Latest Revision
April 07, 2009: 01

Severity
normal

Exploitable
remote

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