Bug 180537 - CVE-2006-0591 postgresql pgcrypt minor salt generation flaw
CVE-2006-0591 postgresql pgcrypt minor salt generation flaw
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: postgresql (Show other bugs)
All Linux
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Assigned To: Tom Lane
David Lawrence
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Reported: 2006-02-08 15:49 EST by Josh Bressers
Modified: 2013-07-02 23:08 EDT (History)
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Fixed In Version: postgresql-8.0.6
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Last Closed: 2006-02-16 20:50:38 EST
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Description Josh Bressers 2006-02-08 15:49:48 EST
postgresql pgcrypt minor salt generation flaw


There is a signedness error in the way postgresql generated the
password salts.  Worst case scenario is there are only half as many
salts available as there should be.  This is only an issue if someone
can steal the hashed postgresql passwords, and even then it will still
take a VERY long time to crack these.  I don't know which algorithm we
use by default, but if it should take 2 weeks to crack, it will really
only take 1 week (probably longer).  Part of the problem with fixing
this is the already generated passwords are already weak, fixing this
will only affect new passwords..  Taking into account it's only
database passwords, I'm assigning this "low"

Here is the patch.

Comment 1 Tom Lane 2006-02-16 20:50:38 EST
This is fixed in Postgres 8.0.6, which we pushed to fc4 a month ago.

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