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OpenSSL versions that only allow ephemeral RSA keys in export ciphersuites (FREAK) (VUL-0: CVE-2015-0204)

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On Tuesday, March 3, 2015, researchers disclosed a new SSL/TLS vulnerability — the FREAK attack.
The vulnerability allows attackers to intercept HTTPS connections between vulnerable clients and servers and force them to use ‘export-grade’ cryptography, which can then be decrypted or altered
Some SSL clients, including OpenSSL, will accept weak RSA keys–known as export-grade keys–without asking for those keys.
Export-grade refers to 512-bit RSA keys, the key strength that was approved by the United States government for export overseas.

Websites for this issue and further details can be found here and here


SUSE has released a maintenance update for OpenSSL already end of January 2015.

This issue affects all current OpenSSL versions: 1.0.1, 1.0.0 and 0.9.8.

OpenSSL 1.0.1 users should upgrade to 1.0.1k
OpenSSL 1.0.0 users should upgrade to 1.0.0p
OpenSSL 0.9.8 users should upgrade to 0.9.8zd

*Please note that the SUSE released versions do not necessarily match the upstream community released versions.

For Expanded Support (RES) the following OpenSSL versions have the fix included already:
RHEL7: openssl-1.0.1e-34.el7_0.7
RHEL6: openssl-1.0.1e-30.el6_6.5
Please note that another OpenSSL update will be available soon for RHEL7.

It is also required to check if any of the following services are still offering EXPORT ciphers and if that is the case, remove them via the OpenSSL Command-Line tool:

For HTTPS services (webservices):
    openssl s_client -connect -cipher EXPORT

For SMTP servers with SSL:
    openssl s_client -connect -starttls smtp -cipher EXPORT

For IMAP server with SSL:
    openssl s_client -connect -cipher EXPORT

For POP3 server with SSL:
    openssl s_client -connect -cipher EXPORT


An OpenSSL client will accept the use of an RSA temporary key in a non-export
RSA key exchange ciphersuite. A server could present a weak temporary key
and downgrade the security of the session.

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  • Document ID:7016252
  • Creation Date: 04-Mar-2015
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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