OpenSSL SSLv2 Malformed Client Key Remote Buffer Overflow Vulnerability

A buffer-overflow vulnerability has been reported in some versions of OpenSSL.

The issue occurs in the handling of the client key value during the negotiation of the SSLv2 protocol. A malicious client may be able to exploit this vulnerability to execute arbitrary code as the vulnerable server process or possibly to create a denial-of-service condition.

***UPDATE: A worm that likely exploits this vulnerability has been discovered propagating in the wild. Additionally, this code includes peer-to-peer and distributed denial-of-service capabilities. There have been numerous reports of intrusions in Europe. It is not yet confirmed whether this vulnerability is in OpenSSL, mod_ssl, or another component. Administrators are advised to upgrade to the most recent versions or to disable Apache, if possible, until more information is available.


 

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