Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 update for openssl



Published: 2020-12-18
Risk Medium
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE ID CVE-2020-1971
CWE ID CWE-476
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit Public exploit code for vulnerability #1 is available.
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Vendor Red Hat Inc.

Security Advisory

This security advisory describes one medium risk vulnerability.

1) NULL pointer dereference

Risk: Medium

CVSSv3: 5.9 [CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:H/E:P/RL:O/RC:C] [PCI]

CVE-ID: CVE-2020-1971

CWE-ID: CWE-476 - NULL Pointer Dereference

Exploit availability: Yes

Description

The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to perform a denial of service (DoS) attack.

The vulnerability exists due to a NULL pointer dereference error. A remote attacker can trigger denial of service conditions via the API functions TS_RESP_verify_response and TS_RESP_verify_token). If an attacker can control both items being compared then that attacker could trigger a crash. For example if the attacker can trick a client or server into checking a malicious certificate against a malicious CRL then this may occur. Note that some applications automatically download CRLs based on a URL embedded in a certificate. This checking happens prior to the signatures on the certificate and CRL being verified. OpenSSL's s_server, s_client and verify tools have support for the "-crl_download" option which implements automatic CRL downloading and this attack has been demonstrated to work against those tools. Note that an unrelated bug means that affected versions of OpenSSL cannot parse or construct correct encodings of EDIPARTYNAME. However it is possible to construct a malformed EDIPARTYNAME that OpenSSL's parser will accept and hence trigger this attack.

Mitigation

Install updates from vendor's website.

Vulnerable software versions

Red Hat Enterprise Linux for Power, little endian: 7

Red Hat Enterprise Linux for Power, big endian: 7

Red Hat Enterprise Linux for IBM z Systems: 7

Red Hat Enterprise Linux for Scientific Computing: 7

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop: 7

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Workstation: 7

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server: 7

openssl (Red Hat package): before 1.0.2k-21.el7_9

CPE External links

https://access.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2020:5566

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. However, proof of concept for this vulnerability is available.



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