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GnuPG: Incorrect signature verification


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200602-10 / gnupg
Release Date February 18, 2006
Latest Revision February 18, 2006: 01
Impact normal
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
app-crypt/gnupg < >= All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #122721


Applications relying on GnuPG to authenticate digital signatures may incorrectly believe a signature has been verified.

2.  Impact Information


GnuPG (The GNU Privacy Guard) is a free replacement for PGP (Pretty Good Privacy). As GnuPG does not rely on any patented algorithms, it can be used without any restrictions. gpgv is the OpenPGP signature verification tool provided by the GnuPG system.


Tavis Ormandy of the Gentoo Linux Security Auditing Team discovered that automated systems relying on the return code of GnuPG or gpgv to authenticate digital signatures may be misled by malformed signatures. GnuPG documentation states that a return code of zero (0) indicates success, however gpg and gpgv may also return zero if no signature data was found in a detached signature file.


An attacker may be able to bypass authentication in automated systems relying on the return code of gpg or gpgv to authenticate digital signatures.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All GnuPG users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=app-crypt/gnupg-"

4.  References


Page updated February 18, 2006

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