Openswan: Denial of Service — GLSA 200909-05

Multiple vulnerabilities in the pluto IKE daemon of Openswan might allow remote attackers to cause a Denial of Service.

Affected Packages

net-misc/openswan on all architectures
Affected versions < 2.4.15
Unaffected versions >= 2.4.15

Background

Openswan is an implementation of IPsec for Linux.

Description

Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in Openswan:

  • Gerd v. Egidy reported a NULL pointer dereference in the Dead Peer Detection of the pluto IKE daemon as included in Openswan (CVE-2009-0790).
  • The Orange Labs vulnerability research team discovered multiple vulnerabilities in the ASN.1 parser (CVE-2009-2185).

Impact

A remote attacker could exploit these vulnerabilities by sending specially crafted R_U_THERE or R_U_THERE_ACK packets, or a specially crafted X.509 certificate containing a malicious Relative Distinguished Name (RDN), UTCTIME string or GENERALIZEDTIME string to cause a Denial of Service of the pluto IKE daemon.

Workaround

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution

All Openswan users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=net-misc/openswan-2.4.15"

References

Release Date
September 09, 2009

Latest Revision
September 09, 2009: 01

Severity
normal

Exploitable
remote

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