FreeBSD : fetchmail -- improper SSL certificate subject verification (5179d85c-8683-11de-91b9-0022157515b2)
Medium Nessus Plugin ID 40571
SynopsisThe remote FreeBSD host is missing a security-related update.
DescriptionMatthias Andree reports :
Moxie Marlinspike demonstrated in July 2009 that some CAs would sign certificates that contain embedded NUL characters in the Common Name or subjectAltName fields of ITU-T X.509 certificates.
Applications that would treat such X.509 strings as NUL-terminated C strings (rather than strings that contain an explicit length field) would only check the part up to and excluding the NUL character, so that certificate names such as www.good.example\0www.bad.example.com would be mistaken as a certificate name for www.good.example.
fetchmail also had this design and implementation flaw.
SolutionUpdate the affected package.