#VU46573 Raccoon attack in OpenSSL

Published: 2020-09-10 | Updated: 2023-10-30

Vulnerability identifier: #VU46573

Vulnerability 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]

CVE-ID: CVE-2020-1968


Exploitation vector: Network

Exploit availability: No

Vulnerable software:
Server applications / Encryption software

Vendor: OpenSSL Software Foundation


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 - 1.0.2v

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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.

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