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* Patch Now: OpenSSL "Heartbleed" Vulnerability

Published: 2014-04-08
Last Updated: 2014-04-08 20:23:51 UTC
by Johannes Ullrich (Version: 2)
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(this article is work in progress and will be updated as we have new information. Also see the comments for links to signatures and other information provided by readers)

We decided to go to Infocon Yellow to alert readers of this vulenrability.

For those of you using OpenSSL 1.0.1 (most recent Unix systems), it is critical that you patch the openssl library, as well as binaries compiled statically with openssl, as soon as possible. [1] 

The attack will allow a remote attacker to read up to 64kBytes of system memory from your system per attack attempt. The attack works against servers as well as against clients. While not all software using SSL necessarily uses the OpenSSL library, many do. (see our prior diary)

A proof of concept exploit has been made available and I have tested it. It can be used to remotely scan for vulnerable systems. [1] We have not yet detected wide spread use of the exploit, but it is literally hours old. At this point, we don't think the vulnerability was known in the underground before the official release, but it is possible.

What should you do first:

Check if you are vulnerable. "openssl version -a" will return the version information. If your version is 1.0.1, you MAY be vulnerable. Only version 1.0.1g is NOT vulnerable. Other major versions (0.9x, 1.0.0 ...) are not vulnerable. 

Rule of thumb: If you are using OpenSSL, and if you are supporting TLS 1.2 (check , then you are vulnerable unless patched.

If I am vulnerable, what should I do:

Patch! Ubuntu, CentOS and others have patches available. OS X Mavericks has NO PATCH available. Windows is likely not vulnerable, but if you are running open source software like Apache that uses OpenSSL, then you may be vulnerable.

You may want to consider replacing SSL certificates if you are afraid that the exploit was already used against your site. But the exploit is not limited to secret SSL key. All data in memory is potentially at risk.

Can I test remotely?

The PoC exploit above can be used to scan your network remotely.

How Can I Tell if Someone is Using the Exploit Against Me

We don't have IDS signatures (yet... wait for updates here). There is no log entry in your web server log as the exploit happens after the SSL session is established, and before the HTTP request is sent.

nginx, after being patched, logs the following from the PoC exploit:

2014/04/08 12:37:18 [info] 4151#0: *724561 peer closed connection in SSL handshake while SSL handshaking, client:, server:



Johannes B. Ullrich, Ph.D.
SANS Technology Institute

Keywords: openssl heartbleed
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