Showing posts with label critical security update. Show all posts
Showing posts with label critical security update. Show all posts

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Secure your Apache server against LOGJAM

Some time ago I wrote a post about the dismaying history of US government attempts to regulate encryption out of existence. I had to omit quite a bit; it was a post and not a book after all. One of the details left out of the story was the DHE_EXPORT cipher suites. During the 90's, developers were forced by the US government to us deliberately insecure ciphers when communicating with entities in foreign countries (readers will remember from the last post that law makers were convinced that encryption should fall under the same rules as weapons technology, and thus could not be shared with anyone outside the Father Land). These insecure ciphers became DHE_EXPORT. The DH stands for Diffie-Hellman; the key exchange system that bears their name was first published in 1976.

Along with the cipher suite was a mechanism to force a normal encrypted transaction to downshift to a lower-bit DHE_EXPORT cipher. As so many short-sighted technology regulations have done in the past, this silly bit of Washington DC-brand programming has come back to haunt us in the form of the LOGJAM vulnerability. Until just a few days ago, all major browsers continued to support these deprecated DHE_EXPORT ciphers, as have a variety of applications as fundamental to web infrastructure as OpenSSL.

The exploit is described in detail on a website hosted by the researchers responsible for its discovery - which also hosts their paper on the same subject (PDF).

Meanwhile, patching your Apache server is simple: Apache HTTP Server (mod_ssl)
SSL parameters can globally be set in httpd.conf or within specific virtual hosts.
Cipher Suites
Disable support for SSLv2 and SSLv3 and enable support for TLS, explicitly allow/disallow specific ciphers in the given order :
SSLProtocol             all -SSLv2 -SSLv3


SSLHonorCipherOrder     on
DH Parameters
In newer versions of Apache (2.4.8 and newer) and OpenSSL 1.0.2 or later, you can directly specify your DH params file as follows:
SSLOpenSSLConfCmd DHParameters "{path to dhparams.pem}"
If you are using Apache with LibreSSL, or Apache 2.4.7 and OpenSSL 0.9.8a or later, you can append the DHparams you generated earlier to the end of your certificate file.
Reload configuration
sudo service apache2 reload

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Massive Critical Security Patch Released by Oracle Impacting Most Versions of MySQL

Oracle has released a Critical Security Patch for a long list of Oracle products. For MySQL specifically, the patch purports to resolve a multitude of vulnerabilities that allow remote execution without authentication, and impact nearly all versions of the database software.

Oracle provided the following Risk Matrix to their MySQL customers, which outlines the CVE numbers of stated vulnerabilities, the component used by the vulnerability and a number of other details.

I've included a copy of that Matrix for readers to review below.

As the reader can clearly see, the risk for unpatched MySQL users is huge. A total of 154 vulnerabilities are addressed with this update. Some of these vulnerabilities reach a forehead-slapping CVSS score of 9.0 (just one point beneath the score for the recent Shellshock bash vulnerability). 24 of the patches are for MySQL.

I highly advise anyone using MySQL or any Oracle product, including Java, to  update their software immediately.

Oracle MySQL Risk Matrix

Remote Exploit without Auth.?CVSS VERSION 2.0 RISK (see Risk Matrix Definitions)Supported Versions AffectedNotes
Base ScoreAccess VectorAccess ComplexityAuthen-
CVE-2014-6507MySQL ServerMySQL ProtocolSERVER:DMLNo8.0NetworkLowSinglePartial+Partial+Complete5.5.39 and eariler, 5.6.20 and earlier
CVE-2014-6491MySQL ServerMySQL ProtocolSERVER:SSL:yaSSLYes7.5NetworkLowNonePartial+Partial+Partial+5.5.39 and earlier, 5.6.20 and earlier
CVE-2014-6500MySQL ServerMySQL ProtocolSERVER:SSL:yaSSLYes7.5NetworkLowNonePartial+Partial+Partial+5.5.39 and earlier, 5.6.20 and earlier
CVE-2014-6469MySQL ServerMySQL ProtocolSERVER:OPTIMIZERNo6.8NetworkLowSingleNoneNoneComplete5.5.39 and eariler, 5.6.20 and earlier
CVE-2014-0224MySQL ServerMySQL ProtocolSERVER:SSL:OpenSSLYes6.8NetworkMediumNonePartialPartialPartial5.6.19 and earlierSee Note 1
CVE-2014-6530MySQL ServerMySQL ProtocolCLIENT:MYSQLDUMPNo6.5NetworkLowSinglePartial+Partial+Partial+5.5.38 and earlier, 5.6.19 and earlier
CVE-2014-6555MySQL ServerMySQL ProtocolSERVER:DMLNo6.5NetworkLowSinglePartial+Partial+Partial+5.5.39 and earlier, 5.6.20 and earlier
CVE-2014-6489MySQL ServerMySQL ProtocolSERVER:SPNo5.5NetworkLowSingleNonePartialPartial+5.6.19 and earlier
CVE-2012-5615MySQL ServerMySQL ProtocolSERVER:PRIVILEGES AUTHENTICATION PLUGIN APIYes5.0NetworkLowNonePartialNoneNone5.5.38 and earlier, 5.6.19 and earlier
CVE-2014-6559MySQL ServerMySQL ProtocolC API SSL CERTIFICATE HANDLINGYes4.3NetworkMediumNonePartial+NoneNone5.5.39 and earlier, 5.6.20 and earlier
CVE-2014-6494MySQL ServerMySQL ProtocolCLIENT:SSL:yaSSLYes4.3NetworkMediumNoneNoneNonePartial+5.5.39 and earlier, 5.6.20 and earlier
CVE-2014-6496MySQL ServerMySQL ProtocolCLIENT:SSL:yaSSLYes4.3NetworkMediumNoneNoneNonePartial+5.5.39 and earlier, 5.6.20 and earlier
CVE-2014-6495MySQL ServerMySQL ProtocolSERVER:SSL:yaSSLYes4.3NetworkMediumNoneNoneNonePartial5.5.38 and earlier, 5.6.19 and earlier
CVE-2014-6478MySQL ServerMySQL ProtocolSERVER:SSL:yaSSLYes4.3NetworkMediumNoneNonePartialNone5.5.38 and earlier, 5.6.19 and earlier
CVE-2014-4274MySQL ServerMySQL ProtocolSERVER:MyISAMNo4.1LocalMediumSinglePartial+Partial+Partial+5.5.38 and earlier, 5.6.19 and earlier
CVE-2014-4287MySQL ServerMySQL ProtocolSERVER:CHARACTER SETSNo4.0NetworkLowSingleNoneNonePartial+5.5.38 and earlier, 5.6.19 and earlier
CVE-2014-6520MySQL ServerMySQL ProtocolSERVER:DDLNo4.0NetworkLowSingleNoneNonePartial+5.5.38 and earlier
CVE-2014-6484MySQL ServerMySQL ProtocolSERVER:DMLNo4.0NetworkLowSingleNoneNonePartial+5.5.38 and earlier, 5.6.19 and earlier
CVE-2014-6464MySQL ServerMySQL ProtocolSERVER:INNODB DML FOREIGN KEYSNo4.0NetworkLowSingleNoneNonePartial+5.5.39 and earlier, 5.6.20 and earlier
CVE-2014-6564MySQL ServerMySQL ProtocolSERVER:INNODB FULLTEXT SEARCH DMLNo4.0NetworkLowSingleNoneNonePartial+5.6.19 and earlier
CVE-2014-6505MySQL ServerMySQL ProtocolSERVER:MEMORY STORAGE ENGINENo4.0NetworkLowSingleNoneNonePartial+5.5.38 and earlier, 5.6.19 and earlier
CVE-2014-6474MySQL ServerMemcachedSERVER:MEMCACHEDNo3.5NetworkMediumSingleNoneNonePartial+5.6.19 and earlier
CVE-2014-6463MySQL ServerMySQL ProtocolSERVER:REPLICATION ROW FORMAT BINARY LOG DMLNo3.3NetworkLowMultipleNoneNonePartial+5.5.38 and earlier, 5.6.19 and earlier
CVE-2014-6551MySQL ServerMySQL ProtocolCLIENT:MYSQLADMINNo2.1LocalLowNonePartialNoneNone5.5.38 and earlier, 5.6.19 and earlier

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