USN-1732-2: OpenSSL regression

28 February 2013

openssl regression

A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:

  • Ubuntu 12.10
  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS


USN-1732-1 introduced a regression in OpenSSL.

Software Description

  • openssl - Secure Socket Layer (SSL) cryptographic library and tools


USN-1732-1 fixed vulnerabilities in OpenSSL. The fix for CVE-2013-0169 and CVE-2012-2686 introduced a regression causing decryption failures on hardware supporting AES-NI. This update temporarily reverts the security fix pending further investigation. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Original advisory details:

Adam Langley and Wolfgang Ettlingers discovered that OpenSSL incorrectly handled certain crafted CBC data when used with AES-NI. A remote attacker could use this issue to cause OpenSSL to crash, resulting in a denial of service. This issue only affected Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and Ubuntu 12.10. (CVE-2012-2686)

Nadhem Alfardan and Kenny Paterson discovered that the TLS protocol as used in OpenSSL was vulnerable to a timing side-channel attack known as the “Lucky Thirteen” issue. A remote attacker could use this issue to perform plaintext-recovery attacks via analysis of timing data. (CVE-2013-0169)

Update instructions

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package versions:

Ubuntu 12.10
libssl1.0.0 - 1.0.1c-3ubuntu2.2
openssl - 1.0.1c-3ubuntu2.2
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
libssl1.0.0 - 1.0.1-4ubuntu5.7
openssl - 1.0.1-4ubuntu5.7

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

After a standard system update you need to reboot your computer to make all the necessary changes.