Date: 04 December 2014
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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
ESA-2014-160: RSA Adaptive Authentication (On-Premise)
Authentication Bypass Vulnerability
4 December 2014
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: RSA Adaptive Authentication
RSA Adaptive Authentication Integration Adapters
Operating System: Windows
Impact/Access: Unauthorised Access -- Existing Account
CVE Names: CVE-2014-4631
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ESA-2014-160: RSA Adaptive Authentication (On-Premise) Authentication Bypass
EMC Identifier: ESA-2014-160
CVE Identifier: CVE-2014-4631
Severity Rating: CVSS: 6.8 (AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P)
RSA Adaptive Authentication (On-Premise) 188.8.131.52 to 7.1 P3 (inclusive)
RSA Adaptive Authentication Integration Adapters 1.x and 2.x
RSA Adaptive Authentication (Hosted) all versions
RSA Adaptive Authentication (On-Premise) 184.108.40.206 to 7.1 P3 (inclusive) are
potentially vulnerable to an authentication bypass vulnerability, if a device
binding request is sent in an AAOP challenge SOAP call.
When requesting device binding in a Challenge SOAP call, permanent device
binding takes place regardless of the success or failure of the
authentication. This could potentially lead to an authentication bypass
In RSA Adaptive Authentication Integration Adapters, a device binding request
is sent in the Challenge SOAP call for Out-of-Band Phone (Authentify)
RSA Adaptive Authentication customers who submit device binding request within
a Challenge call or are using the RSA Adaptive Authentication Integration
Adapters with Out-of-Band Phone (Authentify) functionality are recommended to
upgrade to RSA Adaptive Authentication On-Premise 7.1 P4, which contain fixes
to resolve this issue.
In order to determine if their Adaptive Authentication deployment is
vulnerable to this issue, customers need to identify if Integration Adapters
are used with Out-of-Band Phone (Authentify) functionality or, if using the
API directly, need to review their implementation to determine if device
binding is requested as part of the Challenge SOAP call.
For any customers impacted by this implementation issue, RSA recommends
upgrading to RSA Adaptive Authentication On-Premise 7.1 P4 in which permanent
device binding is not established unless successful authentication occurs in
an Authentication or a QueryAuthStatus SOAP call.
Integration Adapter customers must upgrade their Adaptive Authentication
installation to RSA Adaptive Authentication On-Premise 7.1 P4 to resolve this
issue. Adaptive Authentication customers who are unable to upgrade to RSA AAOP
7.1 P4, but have determined they are vulnerable to this issue, may
alternatively alter their API usage by moving the DeviceManagementRequest from
the Challenge to the Authenticate or QueryAuthStatus call, depending on
Challenge mechanism used, which will also ensure the device binding only
occurs upon successful authentication.
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