[manjaro-security] [arch-security] [ASA-201603-22] botan: multiple issues

Remi Gacogne rgacogne at archlinux.org
Thu Mar 24 17:54:22 CET 2016

Arch Linux Security Advisory ASA-201603-22

Severity: High
Date    : 2016-03-24
CVE-ID  : CVE-2016-2849 CVE-2016-2850
Package : botan
Type    : multiple issues
Remote  : Yes
Link    : https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/CVE


The package botan before version 1.11.29-1 is vulnerable to multiple issues.


Upgrade to 1.11.29-1.

# pacman -Syu "botan>=1.11.29-1"

The problem has been fixed upstream in version 1.11.29.




- CVE-2016-2849 (ECDSA side channel):

ECDSA (and DSA) signature algorithms perform a modular inverse on the
signature nonce k. The modular inverse algorithm used had input
dependent loops, and it is possible a side channel attack could recover
sufficient information about the nonce to eventually recover the ECDSA
secret key. Found by Sean Devlin.

- CVE-2016-2850 (Failure to enforce TLS policy):

TLS v1.2 allows negotiating which signature algorithms and hash
functions each side is willing to accept. However received signatures
were not actually checked against the specified policy. This had the
effect of allowing a server to use an MD5 or SHA-1 signature, even
though the default policy prohibits it. The same issue affected client
cert authentication.

The TLS client also failed to verify that the ECC curve the server chose
to use was one which was acceptable by the client policy.


A remote attacker might be able to recover an ECDSA secret key by using
a side channel attack. A remote attacker can downgrade the TLS
signatures and hash functions to vulnerable algorithms like MD5 or SHA-1
even if they are explicitely prohibited.



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