[manjaro-security] [ASA-201804-2] openssl: multiple issues

Santiago Torres-Arias santiago at archlinux.org
Mon Apr 9 17:40:36 CEST 2018

Arch Linux Security Advisory ASA-201804-2

Severity: Medium
Date    : 2018-04-01
CVE-ID  : CVE-2017-3738 CVE-2018-0739
Package : openssl
Type    : multiple issues
Remote  : Yes
Link    : https://security.archlinux.org/AVG-540


The package openssl before version 1.1.0.h-1 is vulnerable to multiple
issues including denial of service and private key recovery.


Upgrade to 1.1.0.h-1.

# pacman -Syu "openssl>=1.1.0.h-1"

The problems have been fixed upstream in version 1.1.0.h.




- CVE-2017-3738 (private key recovery)

There is an overflow bug in the AVX2 Montgomery multiplication
procedure used in exponentiation with 1024-bit moduli. No EC algorithms
are affected. Analysis suggests that attacks against RSA and DSA as a
result of this defect would be very difficult to perform and are not
believed likely. Attacks against DH1024 are considered just feasible,
because most of the work necessary to deduce information about a
private key may be performed offline. The amount of resources required
for such an attack would be significant. However, for an attack on TLS
to be meaningful, the server would have to share the DH1024 private key
among multiple clients, which is no longer an option since

- CVE-2018-0739 (denial of service)

A stack-exhaustion issue has been found in OpenSSL <= 1.1.0h, where
constructed ASN.1 types with a recursive definition (such as can be
found in PKCS7) could eventually exceed the stack given malicious input
with excessive recursion. This could result in a Denial Of Service
attack. There are no such structures used within SSL/TLS that come from
untrusted sources so this is considered safe.


A remote attacker might be able to recover a private key (in very
unlikely cases), or cause a denial of service by providing a crafted
ASN.1 type to a vulnerable application.


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