OpenVPN vulnerability

2008-05-13T00:00:00
ID USN-612-3
Type ubuntu
Reporter Ubuntu
Modified 2008-05-13T00:00:00

Description

A weakness has been discovered in the random number generator used by OpenSSL on Debian and Ubuntu systems. As a result of this weakness, certain encryption keys are much more common than they should be, such that an attacker could guess the key through a brute-force attack given minimal knowledge of the system. This particularly affects the use of shared encryption keys and SSL/TLS certificates in OpenVPN.

This vulnerability only affects operating systems which (like Ubuntu) are based on Debian. However, other systems can be indirectly affected if weak keys are imported into them.

We consider this an extremely serious vulnerability, and urge all users to act immediately to secure their systems.