USN-3339-1: OpenVPN vulnerabilities

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-3339-1

22nd June, 2017

openvpn vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 17.04
  • Ubuntu 16.10
  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Summary

Several security issues were fixed in OpenVPN.

Software description

  • openvpn - virtual private network software

Details

Karthikeyan Bhargavan and Gaƫtan Leurent discovered that 64-bit block
ciphers are vulnerable to a birthday attack. A remote attacker could
possibly use this issue to recover cleartext data. Fixing this issue
requires a configuration change to switch to a different cipher. This
update adds a warning to the log file when a 64-bit block cipher is in use.
This issue only affected Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and
Ubuntu 16.10. (CVE-2016-6329)

It was discovered that OpenVPN incorrectly handled rollover of packet ids.
An authenticated remote attacker could use this issue to cause OpenVPN to
crash, resulting in a denial of service. This issue only affected Ubuntu
14.04 LTS, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Ubuntu 16.10. (CVE-2017-7479)

Guido Vranken discovered that OpenVPN incorrectly handled certain malformed
IPv6 packets. A remote attacker could use this issue to cause OpenVPN to
crash, resulting in a denial of service. (CVE-2017-7508)

Guido Vranken discovered that OpenVPN incorrectly handled memory. A remote
attacker could use this issue to cause OpenVPN to crash, resulting in a
denial of service. (CVE-2017-7512)

Guido Vranken discovered that OpenVPN incorrectly handled an HTTP proxy
with NTLM authentication. A remote attacker could use this issue to cause
OpenVPN clients to crash, resulting in a denial of service, or possibly
expose sensitive memory contents. (CVE-2017-7520)

Guido Vranken discovered that OpenVPN incorrectly handled certain x509
extensions. A remote attacker could use this issue to cause OpenVPN to
crash, resulting in a denial of service. (CVE-2017-7521)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 17.04:
openvpn 2.4.0-4ubuntu1.3
Ubuntu 16.10:
openvpn 2.3.11-1ubuntu2.1
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS:
openvpn 2.3.10-1ubuntu2.1
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS:
openvpn 2.3.2-7ubuntu3.2

To update your system, please follow these instructions: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Security/Upgrades.

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

References

CVE-2016-6329, CVE-2017-7479, CVE-2017-7508, CVE-2017-7512, CVE-2017-7520, CVE-2017-7521