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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory 200910-1

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory 200910-1
Posted Oct 21, 2009
Authored by Gentoo | Site security.gentoo.org

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory 200910-1 - An error in the X.509 certificate handling of Wget might enable remote attackers to conduct man-in-the-middle attacks. The vendor reported that Wget does not properly handle Common Name (CN) fields in X.509 certificates that contain an ASCII NUL (\\0) character. Specifically, the processing of such fields is stopped at the first occurrence of a NUL character. This type of vulnerability was recently discovered by Dan Kaminsky and Moxie Marlinspike. Versions less than 1.12 are affected.

tags | advisory, remote
systems | linux, gentoo
advisories | CVE-2009-3490
SHA-256 | e19b1568c90378a3d70151fe317843af4d60f22b3c3395301e1bcc36f4edb4fd

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory 200910-1

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Severity: Normal
Title: Wget: Certificate validation error
Date: October 20, 2009
Bugs: #286058
ID: 200910-01

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Synopsis
========

An error in the X.509 certificate handling of Wget might enable remote
attackers to conduct man-in-the-middle attacks.

Background
==========

GNU Wget is a free software package for retrieving files using HTTP,
HTTPS and FTP, the most widely-used Internet protocols.

Affected packages
=================

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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 net-misc/wget < 1.12 >= 1.12

Description
===========

The vendor reported that Wget does not properly handle Common Name (CN)
fields in X.509 certificates that contain an ASCII NUL (\0) character.
Specifically, the processing of such fields is stopped at the first
occurrence of a NUL character. This type of vulnerability was recently
discovered by Dan Kaminsky and Moxie Marlinspike.

Impact
======

A remote attacker might employ a specially crafted X.509 certificate,
containing a NUL character in the Common Name field to conduct
man-in-the-middle attacks on SSL connections made using Wget.

Workaround
==========

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
==========

All Wget users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose =net-misc/wget-1.12

References
==========

[ 1 ] CVE-2009-3490
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2009-3490

Availability
============

This GLSA and any updates to it are available for viewing at
the Gentoo Security Website:

http://security.gentoo.org/glsa/glsa-200910-01.xml

Concerns?
=========

Security is a primary focus of Gentoo Linux and ensuring the
confidentiality and security of our users machines is of utmost
importance to us. Any security concerns should be addressed to
security@gentoo.org or alternatively, you may file a bug at
https://bugs.gentoo.org.

License
=======

Copyright 2009 Gentoo Foundation, Inc; referenced text
belongs to its owner(s).

The contents of this document are licensed under the
Creative Commons - Attribution / Share Alike license.

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5
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