The OpenSSL Vulnerability: A Cato Networks Labs Update

The OpenSSL Vulnerability: A Cato Networks Labs Update
The OpenSSL Vulnerability: A Cato Networks Labs Update

The new high severity vulnerabilities in OpenSSL — CVE-2022-3602 (Remote Code Execution) and CVE-2022-3786 (Denial of Service) – were disclosed this week.

What is OpenSSL?

OpenSSL is a popular open-source cryptography library that enables secured communications over the Internet in part through the generation of public/private keys and use of SSL and TLS protocols.

What Are the Vulnerabilities?

The vulnerabilities were found in OpenSSL versions 3.0.0. to 3.0.6. They occur after certificate verification and then only after unlikely conditions are met either signing of a malicious certificate by a certificate authority (CA) or after an application continues verifying a certificate despite failing to identify a trusted issuer.

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With CVE-2022-3602, a buffer overrun can be triggered in X.509 certificate verification, enabling an attacker to craft a malicious email address to overflow four attacker-controlled bytes on the stack, which could result in a crash, causing a Denial of Service (DoS), or remote code execution (RCE). With CVE-2022-3786, a buffer overrun can also be triggered in X.509 certificate verification, but specifically in name constraint checking. Again, the attacker can craft a malicious email address in a certificate to overflow an arbitrary number of bytes containing the “.” Character (decimal 46) on the stack, resulting in a crash causing a DoS. (Read the OpenSSL Security Advisory here for detailed information about the attacks.)

What’s the Impact on Cato SASE Cloud? None.

While Cato does use OpenSSL neither vulnerability impacts our infrastructure. Neither our cloud assets, the Cato Socket or the Cato Client use a vulnerable version of OpenSSL.

What Actions is Cato Taking?

Cato Networks Research Labs is investigating the unlikely case of exploitation attempts and considering adding new IPS signatures to block them. Currently, we have not seen incidents or published reports of exploitation attempts in the wild.

What Actions Should I Expect from Other Tech Vendors?

The attack is severe enough that all vendors should upgrade affected appliances and software. You can see a list of affected software here. While patching and protecting users at Cato can happen instantly, such as with Log4j, that’s not the case with all solutions. Expect exploits of the OpenSSL vulnerabilities to linger as we saw with Log4j.

Cato Networks Research Labs will continue to monitor the situation and update accordingly.

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