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First OpenSSL Updates in 2018 Patch Three Flaws

The first round of security updates released in 2018 for OpenSSL patch a total of three vulnerabilities, but none of them appears to be serious.

OpenSSL versions 1.1.0h and 1.0.2o patch CVE-2018-0739, a denial-of-service (DoS) vulnerability discovered using Google’s OSS-Fuzz service, which has helped find several flaws in OpenSSL in the past period.

The security hole, rated “moderate,” is related to constructed ASN.1 types with a recursive definition.

“Constructed ASN.1 types with a recursive definition (such as can be found in PKCS7) could eventually exceed the stack given malicious input with excessive recursion,” the OpenSSL Project said in its advisory.

Another moderate severity flaw, which only affects the 1.1.0 branch, is CVE-2018-0733. This is an implementation bug in the PA-RISC CRYPTO_memcmp function, and it allows an attacker to forge authenticated messages easier than it should be.

The OpenSSL Project learned about this vulnerability in early March from IBM. Only HP-UX PA-RISC systems are impacted.

Finally, OpenSSL 1.1.0h fixes an overflow bug that could allow an attacker to access TLS-protected communications. The vulnerability, CVE-2017-3738, was first disclosed in December 2017, but since an attack is not easy to carry out the issue has been assigned a low severity rating and it has only been patched now.

Four rounds of security updates were released for OpenSSL last year, and only one of the eight fixed vulnerabilities was classified as high severity.

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a contributing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.