Bug 1301845 (CVE-2016-0701) - CVE-2016-0701 OpenSSL: DH small subgroups
Summary: CVE-2016-0701 OpenSSL: DH small subgroups
Alias: CVE-2016-0701
Product: Security Response
Classification: Other
Component: vulnerability
Version: unspecified
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Red Hat Product Security
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Blocks: 1301847
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Reported: 2016-01-26 07:26 UTC by Huzaifa S. Sidhpurwala
Modified: 2023-05-12 14:45 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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It was found that OpenSSL used weak Diffie-Hellman parameters based on unsafe primes, which were generated and stored in X9.42-style parameter files. An attacker who could force the peer to perform multiple handshakes using the same private DH component could use this flaw to conduct man-in-the-middle attacks on the SSL/TLS connection.
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Last Closed: 2016-01-29 02:48:53 UTC

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Description Huzaifa S. Sidhpurwala 2016-01-26 07:26:44 UTC
As per OpenSSL upstream:

Historically OpenSSL only ever generated DH parameters based on "safe" primes. More recently (in version 1.0.2) support was provided for generating X9.42 style parameter files such as those required for RFC 5114 support. The primes used in such files may not be "safe". Where an application is using DH configured with parameters based on primes that are not "safe" then an attacker could use this fact to find a peer's private DH exponent. This attack requires that the attacker complete multiple handshakes in which the peer uses the same private DH exponent. For example this could be used to discover a TLS server's private DH exponent if it's reusing the private DH exponent or it's using a static DH ciphersuite.

OpenSSL provides the option SSL_OP_SINGLE_DH_USE for ephemeral DH (DHE) in TLS. It is not on by default. If the option is not set then the server reuses the same private DH exponent for the life of the server process and would be vulnerable to this attack. It is believed that many popular applications do set this option and would therefore not be at risk.

OpenSSL before 1.0.2f will reuse the key if:
- SSL_CTX_set_tmp_dh()/SSL_set_tmp_dh() is used and SSL_OP_SINGLE_DH_USE is not set.
- SSL_CTX_set_tmp_dh_callback()/SSL_set_tmp_dh_callback() is used, and both the parameters and the key are set and SSL_OP_SINGLE_DH_USE is not used. This is an undocumted feature and parameter files don't contain the key.
- Static DH ciphersuites are used. The key is part of the certificate and   so it will always reuse it. This is only supported in 1.0.2.

It will not reused the key for DHE ciphers suites if:
- SSL_CTX_set_tmp_dh_callback()/SSL_set_tmp_dh_callback() is used and the callback does not provide the key, only the parameters. The callback is
  almost always used like this.

Non-safe primes are generated by OpenSSL when using:
- genpkey with the dh_rfc5114 option. This will write a X9.42 style file including the prime-order subgroup size "q". This is supported since the 1.0.2 version. Older versions can't read the file generated by this.
- dhparam with the -dsaparam option. This has always been documented as requiring the single use.

The fix for this issue adds an additional check where a "q" parameter is available (as is the case in X9.42 based parameters). This detects the
only known attack, and is the only possible defense for static DH ciphersuites.

This could have some performance impact.

Additionally the SSL_OP_SINGLE_DH_USE option has been switched on by default and cannot be disabled. This could have some performance impact.

This issue affects OpenSSL versions 1.0.2.

OpenSSL 1.0.2 users should upgrade to 1.0.2f

This issue was reported to OpenSSL on 12 January 2016 by Antonio Sanso. The fix was developed by Matt Caswell of the OpenSSL development team (incorporating some work originally written by Stephen Henson of the OpenSSL core team).

Comment 1 Huzaifa S. Sidhpurwala 2016-01-26 07:28:51 UTC

Red Hat would like to thank the OpenSSL project for reporting this issue. Upstream acknowledges Antonio Sanso as the original reporter of this issue.

Comment 2 Huzaifa S. Sidhpurwala 2016-01-26 07:29:26 UTC

OpenSSL 1.0.2 provides support for generating X9.42 style parameter files. This feature does not exist in any previous versions of OpenSSL. Therefore versions of OpenSSL shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, 6, and 7, and JBoss EAP and JBoss Web Server are not vulnerable to this security flaw.

Versions of OpenSSL shipped in Red Hat Enterprise Linux do not enable the SSL_OP_SINGLE_DH_USE option. However, most applications do not use SSL_CTX_set_tmp_dh()/SSL_set_tmp_dh(). Most of them use SSL_CTX_set_tmp_dh_callback()/SSL_set_tmp_dh_callback() without setting the key. This has the same effect as setting SSL_OP_SINGLE_DH_USE.

Comment 5 Martin Prpič 2016-01-28 15:06:44 UTC
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Comment 6 Martin Prpič 2016-01-28 15:43:06 UTC
Detailed write-up by original reporter:


Comment 7 Fedora Update System 2016-01-30 18:19:59 UTC
openssl-1.0.2f-1.fc23 has been pushed to the Fedora 23 stable repository. If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.

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