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Mozilla Network Security Service (NSS): RSA signature forgery


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200610-06 / nss
Release Date October 17, 2006
Latest Revision October 17, 2006: 01
Impact normal
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
dev-libs/nss < 3.11.3 >= 3.11.3 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #148283


NSS fails to properly validate PKCS #1 v1.5 signatures.

2.  Impact Information


The Mozilla Network Security Service is a library implementing security features like SSL v.2/v.3, TLS, PKCS #5, PKCS #7, PKCS #11, PKCS #12, S/MIME and X.509 certificates.


Daniel Bleichenbacher discovered that it might be possible to forge signatures signed by RSA keys with the exponent of 3. This affects a number of RSA signature implementations, including Mozilla's NSS.


Since several Certificate Authorities (CAs) are using an exponent of 3 it might be possible for an attacker to create a key with a false CA signature. This impacts any software using the NSS library, like the Mozilla products Firefox, Thunderbird and Seamonkey.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All NSS users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=dev-libs/nss-3.11.3"

Note: As usual after updating a library, you should run 'revdep-rebuild' (from the app-portage/gentoolkit package) to ensure that all applications linked to it are properly rebuilt.

4.  References


Page updated October 17, 2006

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