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Security Bulletin: OpenSSL for IBM i is affected by CVE-2021-3449 and CVE-2021-3450

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Summary

OpenSSL is used by IBM i. IBM i has addressed the applicable CVEs.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID:   CVE-2021-3449
DESCRIPTION:   OpenSSL is vulnerable to a denial of service, caused by a NULL pointer dereference in signature_algorithms processing. By sending a specially crafted renegotiation ClientHello message from a client, a remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to cause the TLS server to crash.
CVSS Base score: 7.5
CVSS Temporal Score: See: https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/198752 for the current score.
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:H)

CVEID:   CVE-2021-3450
DESCRIPTION:   OpenSSL could allow a remote attacker to bypass security restrictions, caused by a a missing check in the validation logic of X.509 certificate chains by the X509_V_FLAG_X509_STRICT flag. By using any valid certificate or certificate chain to sign a specially crafted certificate, an attacker could bypass the check that non-CA certificates must not be able to issue other certificates and override the default purpose.
CVSS Base score: 7.4
CVSS Temporal Score: See: https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/198754 for the current score.
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:H/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:H/A:H)

Affected Products and Versions

Affected Product(s)Version(s)
IBM i7.4
IBM i7.3
IBM i7.2
IBM i7.1

Remediation/Fixes

The issues can be fixed by applying a PTF to IBM i.  Releases 7.4, 7.3, 7.2, and 7.1 of IBM i are supported and will be fixed. 

The IBM i PTF numbers are:
Release 7.1 – SI75994
Release 7.2, 7.3, & 7.4 – SI75995
https://www.ibm.com/support/fixcentral

Important note: IBM recommends that all users running unsupported versions of affected products upgrade to supported and fixed version of affected products.

Workarounds and Mitigations

None

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References

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Change History

15 Apr 2021: Initial Publication

*The CVSS Environment Score is customer environment specific and will ultimately impact the Overall CVSS Score. Customers can evaluate the impact of this vulnerability in their environments by accessing the links in the Reference section of this Security Bulletin.

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Document Location

Worldwide

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Document Information

Modified date:
15 April 2021

UID

ibm16443733