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Bug 559942 - <dev-libs/libgcrypt-1.6.4: RSA-CRT key leakage
Summary: <dev-libs/libgcrypt-1.6.4: RSA-CRT key leakage
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Security
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Vulnerabilities (show other bugs)
Hardware: All Linux
: Normal normal (vote)
Assignee: Gentoo Security
Whiteboard: A4 [glsa]
Depends on: 567382
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Reported: 2015-09-08 10:16 UTC by Hanno Böck
Modified: 2016-10-10 11:06 UTC (History)
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Description Hanno Böck gentoo-dev 2015-09-08 10:16:31 UTC
libgcrypt 1.6.4 implements a protection against key leakage with errors in the calculation of RSA signatures with the Chinese Remainder Theorem:

It can be argued whether this is a vulnerability or "just" a hardening measurement. In a correctly working environment this is no security issue, it only becomes one if there is faulty hardware or other bugs in the software that cause miscalculations. A CVE has been requested on oss-security (but mitre may decide that it's not CVE-worthy).

The background of this change is a very interesting research paper by Florian Weimer from Red Hat:
Comment 1 Kristian Fiskerstrand gentoo-dev Security 2015-09-08 10:45:27 UTC
I'm tempted to call this security hardening rather than a vulnerability myself, although I agree the research paper is interesting.

Just bumped package in tree and tested it successfully on my laptop for some common gnupg operations; but should give it some time in tree before stabilizing as usability/stability thrums this security issue/hardening matter.
Comment 2 Aaron Bauman Gentoo Infrastructure gentoo-dev Security 2016-07-19 02:49:19 UTC
@crypto, 1.6.5 is current stable, but is 1.5.x affected by this?
Comment 3 Kristian Fiskerstrand gentoo-dev Security 2016-07-19 14:51:15 UTC
(In reply to Aaron Bauman from comment #2)
> @crypto, 1.6.5 is current stable, but is 1.5.x affected by this?

1.5 is EOL , removal is tracked in bug 567382
Comment 4 GLSAMaker/CVETool Bot gentoo-dev 2016-10-10 11:06:11 UTC
This issue was resolved and addressed in
 GLSA 201610-04 at
by GLSA coordinator Kristian Fiskerstrand (K_F).