ELA-171-1 openssl security update

possible information disclosure

Related CVEs CVE-2019-1547 CVE-2019-1563

Two security vulnerabilities were found in OpenSSL, the Secure Sockets Layer toolkit.


Normally in OpenSSL EC groups always have a co-factor present and
this is used in side channel resistant code paths. However, in some
cases, it is possible to construct a group using explicit parameters
(instead of using a named curve). In those cases it is possible that
such a group does not have the cofactor present. This can occur even
where all the parameters match a known named curve. If such a curve
is used then OpenSSL falls back to non-side channel resistant code
paths which may result in full key recovery during an ECDSA
signature operation. In order to be vulnerable an attacker
would have to have the ability to time the creation of a large
number of signatures where explicit parameters with no co-factor
present are in use by an application using libcrypto. For the
avoidance of doubt libssl is not vulnerable because explicit
parameters are never used.


In situations where an attacker receives automated notification of
the success or failure of a decryption attempt an attacker, after
sending a very large number of messages to be decrypted, can recover
a CMS/PKCS7 transported encryption key or decrypt any RSA encrypted
message that was encrypted with the public RSA key, using a
Bleichenbacher padding oracle attack. Applications are not affected
if they use a certificate together with the private RSA key to the
CMS_decrypt or PKCS7_decrypt functions to select the correct
recipient info to decrypt.

For Debian 7 Wheezy, these problems have been fixed in version 1.0.1t-1+deb7u9.

We recommend that you upgrade your openssl packages.

Further information about Extended LTS security advisories can be found in the dedicated section of our website.