SSL 64-bit Block Size Cipher Suites Supported (SWEET32)
Medium Nessus Plugin ID 94437
SynopsisThe remote service supports the use of 64-bit block ciphers.
DescriptionThe remote host supports the use of a block cipher with 64-bit blocks in one or more cipher suites. It is, therefore, affected by a vulnerability, known as SWEET32, due to the use of weak 64-bit block ciphers. A man-in-the-middle attacker who has sufficient resources can exploit this vulnerability, via a 'birthday' attack, to detect a collision that leaks the XOR between the fixed secret and a known plaintext, allowing the disclosure of the secret text, such as secure HTTPS cookies, and possibly resulting in the hijacking of an authenticated session.
Proof-of-concepts have shown that attackers can recover authentication cookies from an HTTPS session in as little as 30 hours.
Note that the ability to send a large number of requests over the same TLS connection between the client and server is an important requirement for carrying out this attack. If the number of requests allowed for a single connection were limited, this would mitigate the vulnerability. This plugin requires report paranoia as Nessus has not checked for such a mitigation.
SolutionReconfigure the affected application, if possible, to avoid use of all 64-bit block ciphers. Alternatively, place limitations on the number of requests that are allowed to be processed over the same TLS connection to mitigate this vulnerability.