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RedHat RHSA-2003:062: multiple vulnerabilities in OpenSSL

by Nikola Strahija on April 2nd, 2003 Two vulnerabilities have been found in OpenSSL. This advisory covers patches and updates for timing attacks and "Klima-Pokorny-Rosa" attack.

Red Hat Security Advisory

Synopsis: Updated OpenSSL packages fix vulnerabilities
Advisory ID: RHSA-2003:101-01
Issue date: 2003-04-01
Updated on: 2003-04-01
Product: Red Hat Linux
Keywords: OpenSSL Bleichenbacher attack RSA keys blinding
Cross references:
Obsoletes: RHSA-2003:062
CVE Names: CAN-2003-0147 CAN-2003-0131

1. Topic:

Updated OpenSSL packages are available that fix a potential timing-based
attack and a modified Bleichenbacher attack.

2. Relevant releases/architectures:

Red Hat Linux 6.2 - i386
Red Hat Linux 7.0 - i386
Red Hat Linux 7.1 - i386
Red Hat Linux 7.2 - i386, i686, ia64
Red Hat Linux 7.3 - i386, i686
Red Hat Linux 8.0 - i386, i686
Red Hat Linux 9 - i386, i686

3. Problem description:

OpenSSL is a commercial-grade, full-featured, and open source toolkit that
implements Secure Sockets Layer (SSL v2/v3) and Transport Layer
Security (TLS v1) protocols as well as a full-strength general purpose
cryptography library.

Researchers discovered a timing attack on RSA keys. Applications making
use of OpenSSL are generally vulnerable to such an attack, unless RSA
blinding has been turned on. OpenSSL does not use RSA blinding by default
and most applications do not enable RSA blinding.

A local or remote attacker could use this attack to obtain the server's
private key by determining factors using timing differences on (1) the
number of extra reductions during Montgomery reduction, and (2) the use of
different integer multiplication algorithms ("Karatsuba" and normal).

In order for an attack to be sucessful, an attacker must have good
network conditions that allow small changes in timing to be reliably

Additionally, the SSL and TLS components for OpenSSL allow remote attackers
to perform an unauthorized RSA private key operation via a modified
Bleichenbacher attack. This attack uses a large number of SSL or TLS
connections, using PKCS #1 v1.5 padding, and causes OpenSSL to leak
information regarding the relationship between ciphertext and the
associated plaintext, aka the "Klima-Pokorny-Rosa attack."

These erratum packages contain a patch provided by the OpenSSL group that
enables RSA blinding by default and protects against the
"Klima-Pokorny-Rosa attack."

Because server applications are affected by these vulnerabilities, users
are advised to restart all services that use OpenSSL functionality or
reboot their systems after installing these updates.

4. Solution:

Before applying this update, make sure all previously released errata
relevant to your system have been applied.

To update all RPMs for your particular architecture, run:

rpm -Fvh [filenames]

where [filenames] is a list of the RPMs you wish to upgrade. Only those
RPMs which are currently installed will be updated. Those RPMs which are
not installed but included in the list will not be updated. Note that you
can also use wildcards (*.rpm) if your current directory *only* contains
the desired RPMs.

Please note that this update is also available via Red Hat Network. Many
people find this an easier way to apply updates. To use Red Hat Network,
launch the Red Hat Update Agent with the following command:


This will start an interactive process that will result in the appropriate
RPMs being upgraded on your system.

5. Bug IDs fixed ( for more info):

86112 - New timing attack on OpenSSL applications

6. RPMs required:

Red Hat Linux 6.2:



Red Hat Linux 7.0:



Red Hat Linux 7.1:



Red Hat Linux 7.2:





Red Hat Linux 7.3:




Red Hat Linux 8.0:




Red Hat Linux 9:




7. Verification:

MD5 sum Package Name
5b18dd23c08f698d4190a8ece2b3167f 6.2/en/os/SRPMS/openssl-0.9.5a-33.src.rpm
4603bdefd96d82d175b093b30614e02b 6.2/en/os/i386/openssl-0.9.5a-33.i386.rpm
da36dafc17769e729618550c0cb0ea4a 6.2/en/os/i386/openssl-devel-0.9.5a-33.i386.rpm
4dca145d74e2c19d6c61a873cdfa4f57 6.2/en/os/i386/openssl-perl-0.9.5a-33.i386.rpm
39121ad8d81f395f1b8a78bb48add695 6.2/en/os/i386/openssl-python-0.9.5a-33.i386.rpm
61a8dcc09dd6deb22873e86d5674c054 7.0/en/os/SRPMS/openssl-0.9.6-16.src.rpm
5ca6550f8ac5068ee74ff3e8878c122d 7.0/en/os/SRPMS/openssl095a-0.9.5a-20.7.src.rpm
8a225b9cb704c1c8d55fdc9128d4a965 7.0/en/os/i386/openssl-0.9.6-16.i386.rpm
166f2a495bfdd5b9dec82872bbc2a0d1 7.0/en/os/i386/openssl-devel-0.9.6-16.i386.rpm
249846dd8034d0923643f1e296683353 7.0/en/os/i386/openssl-perl-0.9.6-16.i386.rpm
7031de82572cf6dcd68b33273dea1c82 7.0/en/os/i386/openssl-python-0.9.6-16.i386.rpm
0dba680affa927eceb890f7ea2ca5347 7.0/en/os/i386/openssl095a-0.9.5a-20.7.i386.rpm
61a8dcc09dd6deb22873e86d5674c054 7.1/en/os/SRPMS/openssl-0.9.6-16.src.rpm
5ca6550f8ac5068ee74ff3e8878c122d 7.1/en/os/SRPMS/openssl095a-0.9.5a-20.7.src.rpm
8a225b9cb704c1c8d55fdc9128d4a965 7.1/en/os/i386/openssl-0.9.6-16.i386.rpm
166f2a495bfdd5b9dec82872bbc2a0d1 7.1/en/os/i386/openssl-devel-0.9.6-16.i386.rpm
249846dd8034d0923643f1e296683353 7.1/en/os/i386/openssl-perl-0.9.6-16.i386.rpm
7031de82572cf6dcd68b33273dea1c82 7.1/en/os/i386/openssl-python-0.9.6-16.i386.rpm
0dba680affa927eceb890f7ea2ca5347 7.1/en/os/i386/openssl095a-0.9.5a-20.7.i386.rpm
e998276b64905803ab43e52fa96f89dd 7.2/en/os/SRPMS/openssl-0.9.6b-32.7.src.rpm
5ca6550f8ac5068ee74ff3e8878c122d 7.2/en/os/SRPMS/openssl095a-0.9.5a-20.7.src.rpm
5a0236175fcd6141bad13103e69d84d7 7.2/en/os/SRPMS/openssl096-0.9.6-16.7.src.rpm
8a9f793cc9fc713551c307072fe718d6 7.2/en/os/i386/openssl-0.9.6b-32.7.i386.rpm
29714991bb3d36718c2cba5c4f945c9f 7.2/en/os/i386/openssl-devel-0.9.6b-32.7.i386.rpm
210f404351a8b4da656b87c745d74901 7.2/en/os/i386/openssl-perl-0.9.6b-32.7.i386.rpm
0dba680affa927eceb890f7ea2ca5347 7.2/en/os/i386/openssl095a-0.9.5a-20.7.i386.rpm
b1d1807fd6f8afb2955f87fd0e1484e3 7.2/en/os/i386/openssl096-0.9.6-16.7.i386.rpm
c68a5311f1aaa36279517de2b942f80f 7.2/en/os/i686/openssl-0.9.6b-32.7.i686.rpm
3060596923e12eb8bef8707f411aee6a 7.2/en/os/ia64/openssl-0.9.6b-32.7.ia64.rpm
bc25a74463aecff055051935f7900a6b 7.2/en/os/ia64/openssl-devel-0.9.6b-32.7.ia64.rpm
ed840ac83f68fd141a09308eccdfeda6 7.2/en/os/ia64/openssl-perl-0.9.6b-32.7.ia64.rpm
d87303a2d6f572eab968d783be1241df 7.2/en/os/ia64/openssl095a-0.9.5a-20.7.ia64.rpm
925b88dbb21251467473b82610c255b3 7.2/en/os/ia64/openssl096-0.9.6-16.7.ia64.rpm
e998276b64905803ab43e52fa96f89dd 7.3/en/os/SRPMS/openssl-0.9.6b-32.7.src.rpm
5ca6550f8ac5068ee74ff3e8878c122d 7.3/en/os/SRPMS/openssl095a-0.9.5a-20.7.src.rpm
5a0236175fcd6141bad13103e69d84d7 7.3/en/os/SRPMS/openssl096-0.9.6-16.7.src.rpm
8a9f793cc9fc713551c307072fe718d6 7.3/en/os/i386/openssl-0.9.6b-32.7.i386.rpm
29714991bb3d36718c2cba5c4f945c9f 7.3/en/os/i386/openssl-devel-0.9.6b-32.7.i386.rpm
210f404351a8b4da656b87c745d74901 7.3/en/os/i386/openssl-perl-0.9.6b-32.7.i386.rpm
0dba680affa927eceb890f7ea2ca5347 7.3/en/os/i386/openssl095a-0.9.5a-20.7.i386.rpm
b1d1807fd6f8afb2955f87fd0e1484e3 7.3/en/os/i386/openssl096-0.9.6-16.7.i386.rpm
c68a5311f1aaa36279517de2b942f80f 7.3/en/os/i686/openssl-0.9.6b-32.7.i686.rpm
479d5f93a6dc28936f7e31b9f55dfe79 8.0/en/os/SRPMS/openssl-0.9.6b-33.src.rpm
0b0acec1a90aeb0acef5239687bbb4c5 8.0/en/os/SRPMS/openssl095a-0.9.5a-21.src.rpm
a4706dec1418200d30f98e0093adff81 8.0/en/os/SRPMS/openssl096-0.9.6-16.8.src.rpm
4fb96db51bf3da39e5b55a647ada7954 8.0/en/os/i386/openssl-0.9.6b-33.i386.rpm
c303cbf4f81e75a7e7cb2b8e32d0505f 8.0/en/os/i386/openssl-devel-0.9.6b-33.i386.rpm
0d2212d818c0cb65a382d1f69e4d11b7 8.0/en/os/i386/openssl-perl-0.9.6b-33.i386.rpm
16b70cfb654b63a11ab4b59027ebae99 8.0/en/os/i386/openssl095a-0.9.5a-21.i386.rpm
6ffaf08722105ea29f888eeacf32421a 8.0/en/os/i386/openssl096-0.9.6-16.8.i386.rpm
99ab9d437ab913eec09b29c8f41005a2 8.0/en/os/i686/openssl-0.9.6b-33.i686.rpm
e30fa13f4d1365a192be91c07a3b379f 9/en/os/SRPMS/openssl-0.9.7a-5.src.rpm
a63d8f70a8869798b32d8cd6dd59063e 9/en/os/SRPMS/openssl096-0.9.6-17.src.rpm
5f95500fd79d099b79a1640cb7232018 9/en/os/SRPMS/openssl096b-0.9.6b-6.src.rpm
f4e95f889af8356a57ccc8d107b8019e 9/en/os/i386/openssl-0.9.7a-5.i386.rpm
3f7358c3cc1006be9e975c21fd01004c 9/en/os/i386/openssl-devel-0.9.7a-5.i386.rpm
70b2d3b41404b83c074e2057a41b9ba0 9/en/os/i386/openssl-perl-0.9.7a-5.i386.rpm
4c17eeaa8a9a70021c7e119ee085c192 9/en/os/i386/openssl096-0.9.6-17.i386.rpm
6309eaac219c2c4ac1474bfcb7cbc174 9/en/os/i386/openssl096b-0.9.6b-6.i386.rpm
2481086e38bb9cfcff10131c4311a030 9/en/os/i686/openssl-0.9.7a-5.i686.rpm

These packages are GPG signed by Red Hat for security. Our key is
available at

You can verify each package with the following command:

rpm --checksig -v

If you only wish to verify that each package has not been corrupted or
tampered with, examine only the md5sum with the following command:


8. References:

9. Contact:

The Red Hat security contact is . More contact
details at

Copyright 2003 Red Hat, Inc.

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