Vulnerability identifier: #VU48896
Vulnerability risk: Medium
Exploitation vector: Network
Exploit availability: Yes
Server applications / Encryption software
Vendor: OpenSSL Software Foundation
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.
Update to version 1.1.1a.
Vulnerable software versions
OpenSSL: 1.1.1 - 1.1.1i, 1.1.0 - 1.1.0l, 1.0.2 - 1.0.2w, 1.0.1 - 1.0.1u, 1.0.0 - 1.0.0t
Can this vulnerability be exploited remotely?
Is there known malware, which exploits this vulnerability?