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OpenSSL Hit by Forgery Bug 69

Daniel Cray writes to tell us ZDNet is reporting that OpenSSL versions up to 0.9.7j and 0.9.8b are vulnerable to a signature forgery technique. OpenSSL has already released an update fixing the problem. From the article: "The flaw only affects a particular type of signature — PKCS #1 v1.5 signatures — but these are used by some certificate authorities... The signature forgery technique was first demonstrated last month at the Crypto 2006 conference by Daniel Bleichenbacher, a cryptographer with Bell Labs, according to security firm Netcraft. OpenSSL credited Google Security with successfully forging various certificates and providing the fix."
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OpenSSL Hit by Forgery Bug

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  • Re:old news (Score:2, Interesting)

    by dveditz ( 11090 ) <[dveditz] [at] []> on Monday September 25, 2006 @09:36PM (#16194273)
    It also needs to be noted that the impact of this bug is not nearly as wide as a slashdot front-page headline might suggest.
    Unfortunately it is. While it may be true that few certs are issued with small exponents these days it doesn't really matter. Some of the pre-installed Certificate Authorities use a small exponent and you simply forge *their* signature to create a "valid" cert for any site you like.

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