Raccoon attack in OpenSSL

Published: 2020-09-10
Risk Medium
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE ID CVE-2020-1968
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit N/A
Vulnerable software
Server applications / Encryption software

Vendor OpenSSL Software Foundation

Security Advisory

This security advisory describes one medium risk vulnerability.

1) Raccoon attack

Risk: Medium

CVSSv3.1: 6.5 [CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:N/A:N/E:U/RL:O/RC:C] [PCI]

CVE-ID: CVE-2020-1968

CWE-ID: CWE-200 - Information Exposure

Exploit availability: No


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

The vulnerability exists due to a timing flaw in the TLS specification. A remote attacker can compute the pre-master secret in connections which have used a Diffie-Hellman (DH) based ciphersuite and eavesdrop on all encrypted communications sent over that TLS connection.

Note: The attack can only be exploited if an implementation re-uses a DH secret across multiple TLS connections.


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Vulnerable software versions

OpenSSL: 1.0.2, 1.0.2a, 1.0.2b, 1.0.2c, 1.0.2d, 1.0.2e, 1.0.2f, 1.0.2g, 1.0.2h, 1.0.2i, 1.0.2j, 1.0.2k, 1.0.2l, 1.0.2m, 1.0.2n, 1.0.2o, 1.0.2p, 1.0.2q, 1.0.2r, 1.0.2s, 1.0.2t, 1.0.2u, 1.0.2v

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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.