Libgcrypt: Side-channel attack — GLSA 201408-10

A vulnerability in Libgcrypt could allow a remote attacker to extract ElGamal private key information.

Affected Packages

dev-libs/libgcrypt on all architectures
Affected versions < 1.5.4
Unaffected versions >= 1.5.4

Background

Libgcrypt is a general purpose cryptographic library derived out of GnuPG.

Description

A vulnerability in the implementation of ElGamal decryption procedures of Libgcrypt leaks information to various side-channels.

Impact

A physical side-channel attack allows a remote attacker to fully extract decryption keys during the decryption of a chosen ciphertext.

Workaround

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution

All Libgcrypt users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=dev-libs/libgcrypt-1.5.4"
 

References

Release Date
August 29, 2014

Latest Revision
August 29, 2014: 1

Severity
normal

Exploitable
remote

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