USN-1898-1: OpenSSL vulnerability

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-1898-1

3rd July, 2013

openssl vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 13.04
  • Ubuntu 12.10
  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS


Applications could be made to expose sensitive information over the network.

Software description

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


The TLS protocol 1.2 and earlier can encrypt compressed data without
properly obfuscating the length of the unencrypted data, which allows
man-in-the-middle attackers to obtain plaintext content by observing
length differences during a series of guesses in which a provided string
potentially matches an unknown string in encrypted and compressed traffic.
This is known as a CRIME attack in HTTP. Other protocols layered on top of
TLS may also make these attacks practical.

This update disables compression for all programs using SSL and TLS
provided by the OpenSSL library. To re-enable compression for programs
that need compression to communicate with legacy services, define the
variable OPENSSL_DEFAULT_ZLIB in the program's environment.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 13.04:
libssl1.0.0 1.0.1c-4ubuntu8.1
Ubuntu 12.10:
libssl1.0.0 1.0.1c-3ubuntu2.5
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS:
libssl1.0.0 1.0.1-4ubuntu5.10
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS:
libssl0.9.8 0.9.8k-7ubuntu8.15

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

In general, a standard system update will make all the necessary changes.