F5 Networks BIG-IP : BIG-IP SSL vulnerability (ROBOT) (K21905460) (ROBOT)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 104687


The remote device is missing a vendor-supplied security patch.


A BIG-IP virtual server configured with a Client SSL profile may be vulnerable to an Adaptive Chosen Ciphertext attack (AKA Bleichenbacher attack) against RSA, which when exploited, may result in plaintext recovery of encrypted messages and/or a Man-in-the-middle (MiTM) attack, despite the attacker not having gained access to the servers private key itself. (CVE-2017-6168)

This vulnerability is also known as the ROBOT attack.


Exploiting this vulnerability to perform plaintext recovery of encrypted messages will, in most practical cases, allow an attacker to read the plaintext only after the session has completed. Only TLS sessions established using RSA key exchange are vulnerable to this attack.

Exploiting this vulnerability to conduct a MiTM attack requires the attacker to complete the initial attack, which may require millions of server requests, during the handshake phase of the targeted sessionwithin the window of the configured handshake timeout. This attack may be conducted against any TLS session using RSA signatures, but only if cipher suites using RSA key exchange are also enabled on the virtual server. The limited window of opportunity, limitations in bandwidth, and latencymake this attack significantly more difficult to execute.

This vulnerability affects BIG-IP systems with the following configuration :

A virtual server associated with a Client SSL profile with RSA key exchange enabled; RSA key exchange is enabled by default.Captured TLS sessions encrypted with ephemeral cipher suites (DHE or ECDHE) are not at risk for subsequent decryption due to this vulnerability.

Important :

Virtual servers configured with a Client SSL profile with the Generic Alert option disabled (enabled by default) are at higher risk because they report the specific handshake failure instead of a generic message.

Virtual servers configured with a Client SSL profile that has the Client Certificate option under the Client Authentication section set to require will limit the threat to attackers that are able to successfully authenticate first. Without client certificate authentication, this attack is unauthenticated andanonymous.

Virtual servers that have completely disabled RSA Key Exchange cipher suites within the Client SSL profile (for example, cipher string DEFAULT:!RSA ) are NOT impacted by this vulnerability.

BIG-IP Configuration utility, iControl services, big3d collection agent, and Centralized Management Infrastructure (CMI) connections are NOT impacted by this vulnerability.

Captured traffic from sessions using Perfect Forward Secrecy (PFS) cipher suites (DHE or ECDHE) cannot be decrypted due to this vulnerability.

This vulnerability is not an RSA private key recovery attack and does not compromise the servers private key.


Upgrade to one of the non-vulnerable versions listed in the F5 Solution K21905460.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 104687

File Name: f5_bigip_SOL21905460.nasl

Version: $Revision: 3.10 $

Type: local

Published: 2017/11/20

Modified: 2018/02/06

Dependencies: 76940

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 4.3

Temporal Score: 3.2

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:N/A:N

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:U/RL:OF/RC:C


Base Score: 7.4

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:H/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:N

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:f5:big-ip_access_policy_manager, cpe:/a:f5:big-ip_advanced_firewall_manager, cpe:/a:f5:big-ip_application_acceleration_manager, cpe:/a:f5:big-ip_application_security_manager, cpe:/a:f5:big-ip_application_visibility_and_reporting, cpe:/a:f5:big-ip_link_controller, cpe:/a:f5:big-ip_local_traffic_manager, cpe:/a:f5:big-ip_policy_enforcement_manager, cpe:/h:f5:big-ip

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/BIG-IP/hotfix, Host/BIG-IP/modules, Host/BIG-IP/version

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2017/11/17

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2017-6168

OSVDB: 169595