[Full-disclosure] OpenID/Debian PRNG/DNS Cache poisoning advisory
dave.korn at artimi.com
Fri Aug 8 18:08:03 BST 2008
Eric Rescorla wrote on 08 August 2008 17:58:
> At Fri, 8 Aug 2008 17:31:15 +0100,
> Dave Korn wrote:
>> Eric Rescorla wrote on 08 August 2008 16:06:
>>> At Fri, 8 Aug 2008 11:50:59 +0100,
>>> Ben Laurie wrote:
>>>> However, since the CRLs will almost certainly not be checked, this
>>>> means the site will still be vulnerable to attack for the lifetime of
>>>> the certificate (and perhaps beyond, depending on user
>>>> behaviour). Note that shutting down the site DOES NOT prevent the
>>>> Therefore mitigation falls to other parties.
>>>> 1. Browsers must check CRLs by default.
>>> Isn't this a good argument for blacklisting the keys on the client
>> Isn't that exactly what "Browsers must check CRLs" means in this
>> context anyway? What alternative client-side blacklisting mechanism do
>> you suggest?
> It's easy to compute all the public keys that will be generated
> by the broken PRNG. The clients could embed that list and refuse
> to accept any certificate containing one of them. So, this
> is distinct from CRLs in that it doesn't require knowing
> which servers have which cert...
<scurries off to read CRL format in RFC>
Oh, you can't specify them solely by key, you have to have all the
associated metadata. That's annoying, yes, I understand your point now.
IIRC various of the vendors' sshd updates released in the immediate wake
of the Debian catastrophe do indeed block all the weak keys.
Can't think of a witty .sigline today....
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