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CVE-2021-23841

Status Candidate

Overview

The OpenSSL public API function X509_issuer_and_serial_hash() attempts to create a unique hash value based on the issuer and serial number data contained within an X509 certificate. However it fails to correctly handle any errors that may occur while parsing the issuer field (which might occur if the issuer field is maliciously constructed). This may subsequently result in a NULL pointer deref and a crash leading to a potential denial of service attack. The function X509_issuer_and_serial_hash() is never directly called by OpenSSL itself so applications are only vulnerable if they use this function directly and they use it on certificates that may have been obtained from untrusted sources. OpenSSL versions 1.1.1i and below are affected by this issue. Users of these versions should upgrade to OpenSSL 1.1.1j. OpenSSL versions 1.0.2x and below are affected by this issue. However OpenSSL 1.0.2 is out of support and no longer receiving public updates. Premium support customers of OpenSSL 1.0.2 should upgrade to 1.0.2y. Other users should upgrade to 1.1.1j. Fixed in OpenSSL 1.1.1j (Affected 1.1.1-1.1.1i). Fixed in OpenSSL 1.0.2y (Affected 1.0.2-1.0.2x).

Related Files

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-4745-1
Posted Feb 24, 2021
Authored by Ubuntu | Site security.ubuntu.com

Ubuntu Security Notice 4745-1 - David Benjamin discovered that OpenSSL incorrectly handled comparing certificates containing a EDIPartyName name type. A remote attacker could possibly use this issue to cause OpenSSL to crash, resulting in a denial of service. Tavis Ormandy discovered that OpenSSL incorrectly handled parsing issuer fields. A remote attacker could possibly use this issue to cause OpenSSL to crash, resulting in a denial of service. Various other issues were also addressed.

tags | advisory, remote, denial of service
systems | linux, ubuntu
advisories | CVE-2020-1971, CVE-2021-23841
MD5 | 1a7f63d15153eb9e27d7797b79124c6a
Ubuntu Security Notice USN-4738-1
Posted Feb 18, 2021
Authored by Ubuntu | Site security.ubuntu.com

Ubuntu Security Notice 4738-1 - Paul Kehrer discovered that OpenSSL incorrectly handled certain input lengths in EVP functions. A remote attacker could possibly use this issue to cause OpenSSL to crash, resulting in a denial of service. Tavis Ormandy discovered that OpenSSL incorrectly handled parsing issuer fields. A remote attacker could possibly use this issue to cause OpenSSL to crash, resulting in a denial of service. Various other issues were also addressed.

tags | advisory, remote, denial of service
systems | linux, ubuntu
advisories | CVE-2021-23840, CVE-2021-23841
MD5 | ddd35a00ee36d9b3807f0f94e460031e
OpenSSL Toolkit 1.1.1j
Posted Feb 17, 2021
Site openssl.org

OpenSSL is a robust, fully featured Open Source toolkit implementing the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL v2/v3) and Transport Layer Security (TLS v1) protocols with full-strength cryptography world-wide.

Changes: Fixed a NULL pointer deref in the X509_issuer_and_serial_hash() function. Fixed the RSA_padding_check_SSLv23() function and the RSA_SSLV23_PADDING padding mode to correctly check for rollback attacks. Fixed an overflow in the EVP_CipherUpdate, EVP_EncryptUpdate and EVP_DecryptUpdate functions. Fixed SRP_Calc_client_key so that it runs in constant time.
tags | tool, encryption, protocol
systems | unix
advisories | CVE-2021-23840, CVE-2021-23841
MD5 | cccaa064ed860a2b4d1303811bf5c682
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