SUSE SLED11 / SLES11 Security Update : openssl (SUSE-SU-2016:0624-1) (DROWN)

Critical Nessus Plugin ID 89655


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This update for openssl fixes various security issues and bugs :

Security issues fixed :

- CVE-2016-0800 aka the 'DROWN' attack (bsc#968046):
OpenSSL was vulnerable to a cross-protocol attack that could lead to decryption of TLS sessions by using a server supporting SSLv2 and EXPORT cipher suites as a Bleichenbacher RSA padding oracle.

This update changes the openssl library to :

- Disable SSLv2 protocol support by default.

This can be overridden by setting the environment variable 'OPENSSL_ALLOW_SSL2' or by using SSL_CTX_clear_options using the SSL_OP_NO_SSLv2 flag.

Note that various services and clients had already disabled SSL protocol 2 by default previously.

- Disable all weak EXPORT ciphers by default. These can be reenabled if required by old legacy software using the environment variable 'OPENSSL_ALLOW_EXPORT'.

- CVE-2016-0705 (bnc#968047): A double free() bug in the DSA ASN1 parser code was fixed that could be abused to facilitate a denial-of-service attack.

- CVE-2016-0797 (bnc#968048): The BN_hex2bn() and BN_dec2bn() functions had a bug that could result in an attempt to de-reference a NULL pointer leading to crashes. This could have security consequences if these functions were ever called by user applications with large untrusted hex/decimal data. Also, internal usage of these functions in OpenSSL uses data from config files or application command line arguments. If user developed applications generated config file data based on untrusted data, then this could have had security consequences as well.

- CVE-2016-0799 (bnc#968374) On many 64 bit systems, the internal fmtstr() and doapr_outch() functions could miscalculate the length of a string and attempt to access out-of-bounds memory locations. These problems could have enabled attacks where large amounts of untrusted data is passed to the BIO_*printf functions.
If applications use these functions in this way then they could have been vulnerable. OpenSSL itself uses these functions when printing out human-readable dumps of ASN.1 data. Therefore applications that print this data could have been vulnerable if the data is from untrusted sources. OpenSSL command line applications could also have been vulnerable when they print out ASN.1 data, or if untrusted data is passed as command line arguments. Libssl is not considered directly vulnerable.

- CVE-2015-3197 (bsc#963415): The SSLv2 protocol did not block disabled ciphers.

Note that the March 1st 2016 release also references following CVEs that were fixed by us with CVE-2015-0293 in 2015 :

- CVE-2016-0703 (bsc#968051): This issue only affected versions of OpenSSL prior to March 19th 2015 at which time the code was refactored to address vulnerability CVE-2015-0293. It would have made the above 'DROWN' attack much easier.

- CVE-2016-0704 (bsc#968053): 'Bleichenbacher oracle in SSLv2' This issue only affected versions of OpenSSL prior to March 19th 2015 at which time the code was refactored to address vulnerability CVE-2015-0293. It would have made the above 'DROWN' attack much easier.

Also fixes the following bug :

- Avoid running OPENSSL_config twice. This avoids breaking engine loading and also fixes a memory leak in libssl.
(bsc#952871 bsc#967787)

Note that Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the SUSE security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.


To install this SUSE Security Update use YaST online_update.
Alternatively you can run the command listed for your product :

SUSE Studio Onsite 1.3 :

zypper in -t patch slestso13-openssl-12434=1

SUSE Linux Enterprise Software Development Kit 11-SP4 :

zypper in -t patch sdksp4-openssl-12434=1

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11-SP4 :

zypper in -t patch slessp4-openssl-12434=1

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11-SP3-LTSS :

zypper in -t patch slessp3-openssl-12434=1

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11-SP2-LTSS :

zypper in -t patch slessp2-openssl-12434=1

SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11-SP4 :

zypper in -t patch sledsp4-openssl-12434=1

SUSE Linux Enterprise Debuginfo 11-SP4 :

zypper in -t patch dbgsp4-openssl-12434=1

SUSE Linux Enterprise Debuginfo 11-SP3 :

zypper in -t patch dbgsp3-openssl-12434=1

SUSE Linux Enterprise Debuginfo 11-SP2 :

zypper in -t patch dbgsp2-openssl-12434=1

To bring your system up-to-date, use 'zypper patch'.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 89655

File Name: suse_SU-2016-0624-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.14 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2016/03/04

Modified: 2016/12/27

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Critical


Base Score: 10

Temporal Score: 7.4

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

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


Base Score: 9.8

Temporal Score: 8.5

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:U/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:libopenssl-devel, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:libopenssl0_9_8, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:libopenssl0_9_8-hmac, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:openssl, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:openssl-doc, cpe:/o:novell:suse_linux:11

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/cpu, Host/SuSE/release, Host/SuSE/rpm-list

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2016/03/01

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2015-0293, CVE-2015-3197, CVE-2016-0702, CVE-2016-0703, CVE-2016-0704, CVE-2016-0705, CVE-2016-0797, CVE-2016-0799, CVE-2016-0800

BID: 73232

OSVDB: 119757, 133715, 135095, 135096, 135121, 135149, 135150, 135151, 135152, 135153