Bug 1758704 (CVE-2019-14853) - CVE-2019-14853 python-ecdsa: Unexpected and undocumented exceptions during signature decoding
Summary: CVE-2019-14853 python-ecdsa: Unexpected and undocumented exceptions during s...
Status: NEW
Alias: CVE-2019-14853
Product: Security Response
Classification: Other
Component: vulnerability
Version: unspecified
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Red Hat Product Security
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Depends On: 1760095 1762802 1758705 1758706 1762803 1779461
Blocks: 1758708
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Reported: 2019-10-04 22:41 UTC by Pedro Sampaio
Modified: 2019-12-10 00:00 UTC (History)
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Fixed In Version: python-ecdsa 0.13.3
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An error-handling flaw was found in python-ecdsa. During signature decoding, malformed DER signatures could raise unexpected exceptions (or no exceptions at all), which could lead to a denial of service.
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Description Pedro Sampaio 2019-10-04 22:41:10 UTC
A flaw was found in python-ecdsa. Unexpected and undocumented exceptions can be raised during signature decoding may lead to denial of service in some cases. All the versions between at least 0.5 and 0.13.2 are thought to be vulnerable.

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Comment 1 Pedro Sampaio 2019-10-04 22:42:01 UTC
Created python-ecdsa tracking bugs for this issue:

Affects: epel-all [bug 1758706]
Affects: fedora-all [bug 1758705]

Comment 2 Hubert Kario 2019-10-07 14:12:00 UTC
Version 0.13.3 of the library, that addresses this issue has been released:
 * https://pypi.org/project/ecdsa/0.13.3/
 * https://github.com/warner/python-ecdsa/releases/tag/python-ecdsa-0.13.3

Comment 6 Summer Long 2019-10-17 06:06:58 UTC
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Comment 15 Doran Moppert 2019-12-10 00:00:58 UTC

Although Red Hat OpenStack Platform ships the flawed code, RHOSP does not actually use python-ecdsa's functionality. As such, Red Hat OpenStack Platform will not be providing a fix for python-ecdsa at this time.

Current releases of Red Hat Virtualization Manager no longer includes python-ecdsa as a dependency.  While it remains available in repositories as a legacy dependency, it is not installed by default and its use is not recommended.

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