Side-channel attack in Libcrypt

Published: 2017-06-30 | Updated: 2017-09-04
Risk Low
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE-ID CVE-2017-7526
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit N/A
Vulnerable software
Client/Desktop applications / Encryption software

Vendor GNU

Security Bulletin

This security bulletin contains one low risk vulnerability.

1) Side-channel attack


Risk: Low

CVSSv3.1: 4.6 [CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:L/I:N/A:N/E:U/RL:O/RC:C]

CVE-ID: CVE-2017-7526

CWE-ID: CWE-310 - Cryptographic Issues

Exploit availability: No


The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to gain access to potentially sensitive information.

The vulnerability exists in libgcrypt's RSA-1024 implementation using left-to-right method for computing the sliding-window expansion. A remote attacker can perform side-channel attack and gain access to potentially sensitive information. 


Update libgcrypt to version 1.7.8.

Vulnerable software versions

Libgcrypt: 1.7.0 - 1.7.7

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Q & A

Can this vulnerability be exploited remotely?

Yes. This vulnerability can be exploited by a remote non-authenticated attacker via the Internet.

Is there known malware, which exploits this vulnerability?

No. We are not aware of malware exploiting this vulnerability.