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Security Bulletin: OpenSSL for IBM i is affected by CVE-2021-3711 and CVE-2021-3712

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Summary

OpenSSL is provided as an API available to application developers on IBM i. The OpenSSL APIs on IBM i are vulnerable to the issues described in the vulnerability details section. The applicability of each vulnerability is determined by an application's specific use of OpenSSL. IBM i has addressed the vulnerability for applications by addressing the CVEs in the OpenSSL API implementation.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID:   CVE-2021-3711
DESCRIPTION:   OpenSSL is vulnerable to a buffer overflow, caused by improper bounds checking by the EVP_PKEY_decrypt() function within implementation of the SM2 decryption. By sending specially crafted SM2 content, a remote attacker could overflow a buffer and execute arbitrary code on the system or cause the application to crash.
CVSS Base score: 9.8
CVSS Temporal Score: See: https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/208072 for the current score.
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H)

CVEID:   CVE-2021-3712
DESCRIPTION:   OpenSSL could allow a remote attacker to obtain sensitive information, caused by an out-of-bounds read when processing ASN.1 strings. By sending specially crafted data, an attacker could exploit this vulnerability to read contents of memory on the system or perform a denial of service attack.
CVSS Base score: 6.5
CVSS Temporal Score: See: https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/208073 for the current score.
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:L/I:N/A:L)

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 – SI77181
Release 7.2, 7.3, & 7.4 – SI77182
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

24 Sep 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:
24 September 2021

UID

ibm16492573