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CVE 2017-3738

'There is an overflow bug in the AVX2 Montgomery multiplication procedure used in exponentiation with 1024-bit moduli. No EC algorithms are affected. Analysis suggests that attacks against RSA and DSA as a result of this defect would be very difficult to perform and are not believed likely. Attacks against DH1024 are considered just feasible, because most of the work necessary to deduce information about a private key may be performed offline. The amount of resources required for such an attack would be significant. However, for an attack on TLS to be meaningful, the server would have to share the DH1024 private key among multiple clients, which is no longer an option since CVE-2016-0701. This only affects processors that support the AVX2 but not ADX extensions like Intel Haswell (4th generation). Note: The impact from this issue is similar to CVE-2017-3736, CVE-2017-3732 and CVE-2015-3193. OpenSSL version 1.0.2-1.0.2m and 1.1.0-1.1.0g are affected. Fixed in OpenSSL 1.0.2n. Due to the low severity of this issue we are not issuing a new release of OpenSSL 1.1.0 at this time. The fix will be included in OpenSSL 1.1.0h when it becomes available. The fix is also available in commit e502cc86d in the OpenSSL git repository.'

ClearCenter response

This issue affects ClearOS 7 but does not affect any version of ClearOS 6.

Short response

This issue was fixed in the backported fixes of versions of:

  • openssl version 1.0.2k-12 and later in ClearOS 7

Long response

This issue was fixed during the maintenance cycle of ClearOS 7. No version of ClearOS 6 has ever been affected by this vulnerability. ClearOS systems that are up to date do not suffer from this vulnerability. Some vulnerability scanning software may report this bug because their only method for determining the issue is to check the http version number since the exploit requires specific web configurations and has not other means for testing vulnerability. In ClearOS, version numbers stay consistent through the product's life-cycle and will produce a false positive on this issue if the testing software considers only the http version and not the ClearOS patch level.


If you are running ClearOS 7, please ensure that you are running the latest updates:

yum update

You may also validate your version by running:

rpm -qi httpd

You should validate that you are running:

ClearOS 7
  • openssl version 1.0.2k-12 or later
content/en_us/announcements_cve_cve-2017-3738.txt · Last modified: 2018/10/03 19:10 by dloper