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   Vulnerabilities in OpenSSL affect AIX (CVE-2019-1547, CVE-2019-1563)
                             27 November 2019


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:           AIX
Publisher:         IBM
Operating System:  AIX
Impact/Access:     Access Privileged Data -- Remote/Unauthenticated
Resolution:        Patch/Upgrade
CVE Names:         CVE-2019-1563 CVE-2019-1547 

Reference:         ASB-2019.0304

Original Bulletin: 

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Vulnerabilities in OpenSSL affect AIX (CVE-2019-1547, CVE-2019-1563)


There are vulnerabilities in OpenSSL used by AIX.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2019-1547
DESCRIPTION: Normally in OpenSSL EC groups always have a co-factor present and
this is used in side channel resistant code paths. However, in some cases, it
is possible to construct a group using explicit parameters (instead of using a
named curve). In those cases it is possible that such a group does not have the
cofactor present. This can occur even where all the parameters match a known
named curve. If such a curve is used then OpenSSL falls back to non-side
channel resistant code paths which may result in full key recovery during an
ECDSA signature operation. In order to be vulnerable an attacker would have to
have the ability to time the creation of a large number of signatures where
explicit parameters with no co-factor present are in use by an application
using libcrypto. For the avoidance of doubt libssl is not vulnerable because
explicit parameters are never used. Fixed in OpenSSL 1.1.1d (Affected
1.1.1-1.1.1c). Fixed in OpenSSL 1.1.0l (Affected 1.1.0-1.1.0k). Fixed in
OpenSSL 1.0.2t (Affected 1.0.2-1.0.2s).
CVSS Base score: 5.5
CVSS Temporal Score: See: https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/
167020 for the current score.
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:N/A:N)

CVEID: CVE-2019-1563
DESCRIPTION: In situations where an attacker receives automated notification of
the success or failure of a decryption attempt an attacker, after sending a
very large number of messages to be decrypted, can recover a CMS/PKCS7
transported encryption key or decrypt any RSA encrypted message that was
encrypted with the public RSA key, using a Bleichenbacher padding oracle
attack. Applications are not affected if they use a certificate together with
the private RSA key to the CMS_decrypt or PKCS7_decrypt functions to select the
correct recipient info to decrypt. Fixed in OpenSSL 1.1.1d (Affected
1.1.1-1.1.1c). Fixed in OpenSSL 1.1.0l (Affected 1.1.0-1.1.0k). Fixed in
OpenSSL 1.0.2t (Affected 1.0.2-1.0.2s).
CVSS Base score: 3.7
CVSS Temporal Score: See: https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/
167022 for the current score.
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:H/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:L/I:N/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

|Affected Product(s) |Version(s)|
|AIX                 |7.1       |
|AIX                 |7.2       |
|VIOS                |2.2       |
|VIOS                |3.1       |

The following fileset levels are vulnerable:
key_fileset = osrcaix
|Fileset            |Lower Level            |Upper Level            |Key          |
|openssl.base       |              |             |key_w_fs     |
|openssl.base       |         |         |key_w_fs     |
A. 0.9.8, 1.0.1 OpenSSL versions are out-of-support. Customers are advised to
upgrade to currently supported OpenSSL 1.0.2 version.
B. Latest level of OpenSSL fileset is available from the web download site:
To find out whether the affected filesets are installed on your systems, refer
to the lslpp command found in the AIX user's guide.
Example: lslpp -L | grep -i openssl.base


A fix is available, and it can be downloaded from:
To extract the fixes from the tar file:
For Openssl 1.0.2 version -
zcat openssl- | tar xvf -
For 1.0.2 FIPS capable openssl version -
zcat openssl- | tar xvf -
IMPORTANT: If possible, it is recommended that a mksysb backupof the system be
created. Verify it is both bootable and readable before proceeding.
Note that all the previously reported security vulnerability fixes are also
included in above mentioned fileset level. Please refer tothe readme file
(provided along with the fileset) for the complete list of vulnerabilities
To preview the fix installation:
installp -apYd . openssl
To install the fix package:
installp -aXYd . openssl
openssl dgst -sha1 -verify [pubkey_file] -signature [advisory_file].sig
openssl dgst -sha1 -verify [pubkey_file] -signature [ifix_file].sig [ifix_file]
Published advisory OpenSSL signature file location:

Workarounds and Mitigations


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