SSL DROWN Attack Vulnerability (Decrypting RSA with Obsolete and Weakened eNcryption)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 89058


The remote host may be affected by a vulnerability that allows a remote attacker to potentially decrypt captured TLS traffic.


The remote host supports SSLv2 and therefore may be affected by a vulnerability that allows a cross-protocol Bleichenbacher padding oracle attack known as DROWN (Decrypting RSA with Obsolete and Weakened eNcryption). This vulnerability exists due to a flaw in the Secure Sockets Layer Version 2 (SSLv2) implementation, and it allows captured TLS traffic to be decrypted. A man-in-the-middle attacker can exploit this to decrypt the TLS connection by utilizing previously captured traffic and weak cryptography along with a series of specially crafted connections to an SSLv2 server that uses the same private key.


Disable SSLv2 and export grade cryptography cipher suites. Ensure that private keys are not used anywhere with server software that supports SSLv2 connections.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 89058

File Name: ssl_drown.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.7 $

Type: remote

Family: Misc.

Published: 2016/03/01

Modified: 2018/02/20

Dependencies: 21643, 56984

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 4.3

Temporal Score: 4.1

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:F/RL:ND/RC:ND

Vulnerability Information

Required KB Items: SSL/Supported

Excluded KB Items: global_settings/disable_ssl_cipher_neg

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2016/03/01

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2016/03/01

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-0800

BID: 83733

OSVDB: 135149

CERT: 583776