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CVE-2021-3712 Detail

Current Description

ASN.1 strings are represented internally within OpenSSL as an ASN1_STRING structure which contains a buffer holding the string data and a field holding the buffer length. This contrasts with normal C strings which are repesented as a buffer for the string data which is terminated with a NUL (0) byte. Although not a strict requirement, ASN.1 strings that are parsed using OpenSSL's own "d2i" functions (and other similar parsing functions) as well as any string whose value has been set with the ASN1_STRING_set() function will additionally NUL terminate the byte array in the ASN1_STRING structure. However, it is possible for applications to directly construct valid ASN1_STRING structures which do not NUL terminate the byte array by directly setting the "data" and "length" fields in the ASN1_STRING array. This can also happen by using the ASN1_STRING_set0() function. Numerous OpenSSL functions that print ASN.1 data have been found to assume that the ASN1_STRING byte array will be NUL terminated, even though this is not guaranteed for strings that have been directly constructed. Where an application requests an ASN.1 structure to be printed, and where that ASN.1 structure contains ASN1_STRINGs that have been directly constructed by the application without NUL terminating the "data" field, then a read buffer overrun can occur. The same thing can also occur during name constraints processing of certificates (for example if a certificate has been directly constructed by the application instead of loading it via the OpenSSL parsing functions, and the certificate contains non NUL terminated ASN1_STRING structures). It can also occur in the X509_get1_email(), X509_REQ_get1_email() and X509_get1_ocsp() functions. If a malicious actor can cause an application to directly construct an ASN1_STRING and then process it through one of the affected OpenSSL functions then this issue could be hit. This might result in a crash (causing a Denial of Service attack). It could also result in the disclosure of private memory contents (such as private keys, or sensitive plaintext). Fixed in OpenSSL 1.1.1l (Affected 1.1.1-1.1.1k). Fixed in OpenSSL 1.0.2za (Affected 1.0.2-1.0.2y).

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CVSS 3.x Severity and Metrics:

Base Score:  7.4 HIGH
Vector:  CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:H/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:N/A:H

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Hyperlink Resource
http://www.openwall.com/lists/oss-security/2021/08/26/2 Mailing List  Third Party Advisory 
https://git.openssl.org/gitweb/?p=openssl.git;a=commitdiff;h=94d23fcff9b2a7a8368dfe52214d5c2569882c11 Mailing List  Patch  Vendor Advisory 
https://git.openssl.org/gitweb/?p=openssl.git;a=commitdiff;h=ccb0a11145ee72b042d10593a64eaf9e8a55ec12 Mailing List  Patch  Vendor Advisory 
https://kc.mcafee.com/corporate/index?page=content&id=SB10366 Third Party Advisory 
https://lists.apache.org/thread.html/r18995de860f0e63635f3008fd2a6aca82394249476d21691e7c59c9e@%3Cdev.tomcat.apache.org%3E Mailing List  Third Party Advisory 
https://lists.apache.org/thread.html/rad5d9f83f0d11fb3f8bb148d179b8a9ad7c6a17f18d70e5805a713d1@%3Cdev.tomcat.apache.org%3E Mailing List  Third Party Advisory 
https://lists.debian.org/debian-lts-announce/2021/09/msg00014.html Mailing List  Third Party Advisory 
https://lists.debian.org/debian-lts-announce/2021/09/msg00021.html Mailing List  Third Party Advisory 
https://security.netapp.com/advisory/ntap-20210827-0010/ Third Party Advisory 
https://www.debian.org/security/2021/dsa-4963 Third Party Advisory 
https://www.openssl.org/news/secadv/20210824.txt Vendor Advisory 
https://www.oracle.com/security-alerts/cpuoct2021.html Patch  Third Party Advisory 
https://www.tenable.com/security/tns-2021-16 Third Party Advisory 

Weakness Enumeration

CWE-ID CWE Name Source
CWE-125 Out-of-bounds Read cwe source acceptance level NIST  

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Change History

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