opera -- RSA Signature Forgery

2006-09-18T00:00:00
ID 1FE734BF-4A06-11DB-B48D-00508D6A62DF
Type freebsd
Reporter FreeBSD
Modified 2006-09-18T00:00:00

Description

Opera reports:

A specially crafted digital certificate can bypass Opera's certificate signature verification. Forged certificates can contain any false information the forger chooses, and Opera will still present it as valid. Opera will not present any warning dialogs in this case, and the security status will be the highest possible (3). This defeats the protection against "man in the middle", the attacks that SSL was designed to prevent. There is a flaw in OpenSSL's RSA signature verification that affects digital certificates using 3 as the public exponent. Some of the certificate issuers that are on Opera's list of trusted signers have root certificates with 3 as the public exponent. The forged certificate can appear to be signed by one of these.