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(HP Issues Fix for Apach on HP-UX) OpenSSL SSL/TLS Handshade Flaws May Let Remote Users Crash OpenSSL-based Applications
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1009941
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2004-0079, CVE-2004-0112   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Apr 26 2004
Impact:   Denial of service via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): prior to 2.03
Description:   Some vulnerabilities were reported in OpenSSL, primarily involving the processing of SSL/TLS protocol handshakes. A remote user can cause OpenSSL to crash.

It is reported that there is a null-pointer assignment in the do_change_cipher_spec() function [CVE: CVE-2004-0079]. A remote user can perform a specially crafted SSL/TLS handshake with a target server to cause OpenSSL to crash on the target system. This may cause the application using OpenSSL to crash.

All versions of OpenSSL from 0.9.6c to 0.9.6k inclusive and from 0.9.7a to 0.9.7c inclusive are reportedly vulnerable to this null-pointer bug.

It is also reported that there is a flaw in performing SSL/TLS handshakes using Kerberos ciphersuites [CVE: CVE-2004-0112]. A remote user can perform a specially crafted SSL/TLS handshake against a server that is using Kerberos ciphersuites to cause OpenSSL to crash on the target system.

OpenSSL versions 0.9.7a, 0.9.7b, and 0.9.7c are reported to be vulnerable to this Kerberos handshake bug.

It is also reported that a remote user may be able to cause OpenSSL to enter an infinite loop due to a flaw in a patch introduced in 0.9.6d [CVE: CVE-2004-0081].

The vendor credits Dr. Stephen Henson of the OpenSSL core team as well as Codenomicon for supplying their TLS Test Tool and Joe Orton of Red Hat for performing the majority of the testing.

Impact:   A remote user can cause OpenSSL to crash, which may cause an application using OpenSSL to crash. The specific impact depends on the application that uses the OpenSSL library.
Solution:   HP has issued a fix for HP-UX. For customers using HPApache/B9416BA and hpuxwsAPACHE/hpuxwsApache, HP has incorporated the fixed OpenSSL 0.9.7d in hp-ux apache-based web server v.2.03 or later, available at:

See the Source Message for installation instructions.

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Boundary error, Exception handling error, State error
Underlying OS:  UNIX (HP/UX)
Underlying OS Comments:  HP-UX B.11.00, B.11.11, B.11.22, B.11.23

Message History:   This archive entry is a follow-up to the message listed below.
Mar 17 2004 OpenSSL SSL/TLS Handshade Flaws May Let Remote Users Crash OpenSSL-based Applications

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SSRT4717 rev.0 Remote denial of service in Apache OpenSSL SSL/TLS

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provided that it remains complete and intact.
  The information in this Security bulletin should be acted upon
as soon as possible.

INITIAL RELEASE:  26 April 2004

LAST UPDATED: 25 April 2004

POTENTIAL SECURITY IMPACT:    Remote denial of service

HP Software Security Response Team

REFERENCES:    CAN-2003-0079, CAN-2004-0112, CERT TA04-078A

1. The do_change_cipher_spec function in OpenSSL allows remote
attackers to cause a denial of service via a crafted SSL/TLS
handshake that triggers a null dereference.

2. The SSL/TLS handshaking, when using Kerberos ciphersuites,
does not properly check the length of Kerberos tickets during a
handshake, which allows remote attackers to cause a denial of
service via a crafted SSL/TLS handshake that causes an out-of-
bounds read.

SUPPORTED SOFTWARE VERSIONS*:  ONLY impacted versions are listed.

HP9000 Servers running HP-UX release B.11.00, B.11.11, B.11.22,
and B.11.23 with versions of the following products are affected,
and represented as: product-name, version (product-tag/bundle-tag)

- - hp apache-based web server, or earlier
(HPApache/B9416AA). This product includes OpenSSL 0.9.6b.

- - hp-ux apache-based web server, v.2.01 or earlier
(hpuxwsAPACHE/hpuxwsApache). This product includes OpenSSL 0.9.7c.

- - hp apache-based web server, (with IPv6 support) or
earlier (HPApache/B9416BA). This product includes OpenSSL 0.9.6b.

- - hp-ux apache-based web server(with IPv6 support), v.2.01 or
earlier (hpuxwsAPACHE/hpuxwsApache). This product includes
OpenSSL 0.9.7c.


Two potential security vulnerabilities have been identified in
OpenSSL by NISCC (224012/1 and 224012/2). The Common
Vulnerabilities and Exposures project <> has
referenced them as the following CAN-2004-0079, and CAN-2004-0112.
The CERT summary is TA04-078A.


The following is a list of affected filesets or patches and fix
information.  To determine if a system has an affected version,
search the output of  "swlist -a revision -l fileset" for an
affected fileset or patch, then determine if a fixed revision or
applicable patch is installed.

HP-UX B.11.00
HP-UX B.11.11
HP-UX B.11.22
HP-UX B.11.23

action: install hp-ux apache-based web server, v.2.03 or later



The OpenSSL group has released patches to fix the vulnerabilities
inOpenSSL 0.9.7d.  For customers using HPApache/B9416BA and
hpuxwsAPACHE/hpuxwsApache, HP has incorporated OpenSSL 0.9.7d in
  the following product:

- - hp-ux apache-based web server v.2.03 or later

Support ended for HP-UX Web Server Suite for HP-UX 11i v1.6
(11.22) after March 31, 2004.   Starting from this release HP-UX
Web Server Suite for HP-UX 11i v1.6 (11.22) is no longer
available or supported.  Users of HP-UX Web Server Suite on HP-UX
11i v1.6 are encouraged to update to HP-UX 11i v2 (11.23) and
install the latest HP-UX Web Server Suite for HP-UX 11i v2.

Check for Apache Installation

- -----------------------------

To determine if the Apache web server from HP is installed on
your system, use Software Distributor's swlist command. All three
versions products may co-exist on a single system.

For example, the results of the command

swlist -l product | grep -i apache

HPApache HP Apache-based Web Server

hpuxwsAPACHE A.2.01 HP-UX Apache-based Web Server

Stop Apache

- -----------------------------

Before updating, make sure to stop any previous Apache binary.
Otherwise, the previous binary will continue running, preventing
the new one from starting, although the installation would be
successful.  After determining which Apache is installed, stop
Apache with the following commands:

for HPApache: /opt/hpapache2/bin/apachectl stop

for hpuxwsAPACHE: /opt/hpws/apache[32]/bin/apachectl stop

Download and Install Apache

- -----------------------------

- - Download Apache from Software Depot using the previously
mentioned links.

- - Verify successful download by comparing the cksum with the
value specified on the installation web page.

- - Use SD to swinstall the depot.

- - For customers with HPApache/B9416BA installed, migrate to
hpuxwsAPACHE/hpuxwsApache and remove the affected products from
the system.  Installation of this new version of HP Apache over
an existing HP Apache installation is supported, while
installation over a non-HP Apache is NOT supported.

Removing Apache Installation

- ----------------------------

If you rather remove Apache from your system than install a newer
version to resolve the security problem, use both Software
Distributor's "swremove" command and also "rm -rf" the home
location as specified in the rc.config.d file "HOME" variables.
To find the files containing HOME variables in the
/etc/rc.config.d directory:

%ls /etc/rc.config.d | grep apache



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Install the product containing the fix.

For customers with HPApache/B9416AA HPApache/B9416BA installed,
the fix requires migration to hpuxwsAPACHE/hpuxwsApache and
removing the affected products from the system.

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Linux, UX=HP-UX, VV=Virtual Vault

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