Security Vulnerability: DHEater aka CVE-2002-20001
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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11
All applications on SUSE Linux Enterprise are affected that have DHE enabled. The Diffie-Hellman Epheremal key exchange is usually configured by default to provide perfect forward secrecy.
Note that Elliptic Curve Diffie-Hellman is not affected by this problem.
SUSE continues to monitor if and when cryptographic libraries will develop and implement counter measures in their Diffie-Hellman code and then backport those fixes. Up to then, the DHE key exchange method should be disabled and the Elliptic Curve Diffie-Hellman method being used as a workaround.
SUSE currently recommends to disable the DHE key exchange until technological solution can be found, using methods listed in the "additional information" section. While we use DEFAULT_SUSE as a default cipher set, removing DHE unconditionally could break existing setups so SUSE will not remove this proactively at this time.
A workaround is to temporary disable DHE key exchange and only use ECDHE (Elliptic Curve Diffie-Hellman), in SSL / TLS / HTTPS using network services. You need to check if this does not cause interoperability issues.
In the SSL vhost config, add the !kDHE modifier to the use SSLCipherSuite in eg. /etc/apache2/ssl-global.conf or local overriding vhost configs,
Disable the Diffie-Hellman key exchange methods by adding to or using KexAlgorithms in /etc/ssh.d/sshd_config
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- Creation Date: 07-Dec-2021
- Modified Date:07-Dec-2021
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