OpenSSL v0.9.8.l Release Notes

Release Date: 2010-02-25 // over 11 years ago
    • Always check bn_wexpand() return values for failure. [CVE-2009-3245][]

    Martin Olsson, Neel Mehta

    • Fix X509_STORE locking: Every 'objs' access requires a lock (to accommodate for stack sorting, always a write lock!).

    Bodo Moeller

    • On some versions of WIN32 Heap32Next is very slow. This can cause excessive delays in the RAND_poll(): over a minute. As a workaround include a time check in the inner Heap32Next loop too.

    Steve Henson

    • The code that handled flushing of data in SSL/TLS originally used the BIO_CTRL_INFO ctrl to see if any data was pending first. This caused the problem outlined in PR#1949. The fix suggested there however can trigger problems with buggy BIO_CTRL_WPENDING (e.g. some versions of Apache). So instead simplify the code to flush unconditionally. This should be fine since flushing with no data to flush is a no op.

    Steve Henson

    • Handle TLS versions 2.0 and later properly and correctly use the highest version of TLS/SSL supported. Although TLS >= 2.0 is some way off ancient servers have a habit of sticking around for a while...

    Steve Henson

    • Modify compression code so it frees up structures without using the ex_data callbacks. This works around a problem where some applications call CRYPTO_cleanup_all_ex_data() before application exit (e.g. when restarting) then use compression (e.g. SSL with compression) later. This results in significant per-connection memory leaks and has caused some security issues including CVE-2008-1678 and CVE-2009-4355.

    Steve Henson

    • Constify crypto/cast (i.e., ): a CAST_KEY doesn't change when encrypting or decrypting.

    Bodo Moeller

    • Add option SSL_OP_LEGACY_SERVER_CONNECT which will allow clients to connect and renegotiate with servers which do not support RI. Until RI is more widely deployed this option is enabled by default.

    Steve Henson

    • Add "missing" ssl ctrls to clear options and mode.

    Steve Henson

    • If client attempts to renegotiate and doesn't support RI respond with a no_renegotiation alert as required by RFC5746. Some renegotiating TLS clients will continue a connection gracefully when they receive the alert. Unfortunately OpenSSL mishandled this alert and would hang waiting for a server hello which it will never receive. Now we treat a received no_renegotiation alert as a fatal error. This is because applications requesting a renegotiation might well expect it to succeed and would have no code in place to handle the server denying it so the only safe thing to do is to terminate the connection.

    Steve Henson

    • Add ctrl macro SSL_get_secure_renegotiation_support() which returns 1 if peer supports secure renegotiation and 0 otherwise. Print out peer renegotiation support in s_client/s_server.

    Steve Henson

    • Replace the highly broken and deprecated SPKAC certification method with the updated NID creation version. This should correctly handle UTF8.

    Steve Henson

    • Implement RFC5746. Re-enable renegotiation but require the extension as needed. Unfortunately, SSL3_FLAGS_ALLOW_UNSAFE_LEGACY_RENEGOTIATION turns out to be a bad idea. It has been replaced by SSL_OP_ALLOW_UNSAFE_LEGACY_RENEGOTIATION which can be set with SSL_CTX_set_options(). This is really not recommended unless you know what you are doing.

    Eric Rescorla [email protected], Ben Laurie, Steve Henson

    • Fixes to stateless session resumption handling. Use initial_ctx when issuing and attempting to decrypt tickets in case it has changed during servername handling. Use a non-zero length session ID when attempting stateless session resumption: this makes it possible to determine if a resumption has occurred immediately after receiving server hello (several places in OpenSSL subtly assume this) instead of later in the handshake.

    Steve Henson

    • The functions ENGINE_ctrl(), OPENSSL_isservice(), CMS_get1_RecipientRequest() and RAND_bytes() can return <=0 on error fixes for a few places where the return code is not checked correctly.

    Julia Lawall [email protected]

    • Add --strict-warnings option to Configure script to include devteam warnings in other configurations.

    Steve Henson

    • Add support for --libdir option and LIBDIR variable in makefiles. This makes it possible to install openssl libraries in locations which have names other than "lib", for example "/usr/lib64" which some systems need.

    Steve Henson, based on patch from Jeremy Utley

    • Don't allow the use of leading 0x80 in OIDs. This is a violation of X690 8.9.12 and can produce some misleading textual output of OIDs.

    Steve Henson, reported by Dan Kaminsky

    • Delete MD2 from algorithm tables. This follows the recommendation in several standards that it is not used in new applications due to several cryptographic weaknesses. For binary compatibility reasons the MD2 API is still compiled in by default.

    Steve Henson

    • Add compression id to {d2i,i2d}_SSL_SESSION so it is correctly saved and restored.

    Steve Henson

    • Rename uni2asc and asc2uni functions to OPENSSL_uni2asc and OPENSSL_asc2uni conditionally on Netware platforms to avoid a name clash.

    Guenter [email protected]

    • Fix the server certificate chain building code to use X509_verify_cert(), it used to have an ad-hoc builder which was unable to cope with anything other than a simple chain.

    David Woodhouse [email protected], Steve Henson

    • Don't check self signed certificate signatures in X509_verify_cert() by default (a flag can override this): it just wastes time without adding any security. As a useful side effect self signed root CAs with non-FIPS digests are now usable in FIPS mode.

    Steve Henson

    • In dtls1_process_out_of_seq_message() the check if the current message is already buffered was missing. For every new message was memory allocated, allowing an attacker to perform an denial of service attack with sending out of seq handshake messages until there is no memory left. Additionally every future message was buffered, even if the sequence number made no sense and would be part of another handshake. So only messages with sequence numbers less than 10 in advance will be buffered. [CVE-2009-1378][]

    Robin Seggelmann, discovered by Daniel Mentz

    • Records are buffered if they arrive with a future epoch to be processed after finishing the corresponding handshake. There is currently no limitation to this buffer allowing an attacker to perform a DOS attack with sending records with future epochs until there is no memory left. This patch adds the pqueue_size() function to determine the size of a buffer and limits the record buffer to 100 entries. [CVE-2009-1377][]

    Robin Seggelmann, discovered by Daniel Mentz

    • Keep a copy of frag->msg_header.frag_len so it can be used after the parent structure is freed. [CVE-2009-1379][]

    Daniel Mentz

    • Handle non-blocking I/O properly in SSL_shutdown() call.

    Darryl Miles [email protected]

    • Add 2.5.4.* OIDs

    Ilya O. [email protected]