Security Audit Notes - OpenSSL v1.0.2a (latest) Issues - Advanced Information Security Corporation Apr 19 2015 12:35AM
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Author: Nicholas Lemonias
Report Date: 2/4/2015
Email: lem.nikolas (at) gmail (dot) com [email concealed]

During a source-code audit of the OpenSSL v1.0.2a (Latest)
implementation for linux; conducted internally by the Advanced
Information Security
Group, instances of insecure function use were observed, which could
lead to a number of attacks.

Software Overview
OpenSSL is an open-source implementation of the SSL and TLS protocol.
The core library is written in the C Language, and implements basic
cryptographic functions, and
also provides various utility functions. Implementation versions are
available for most UNIX-like operating systems (including
Solaris,Linux, Mac OS X and the various open-source BSD operating
systems), OpenVMS and Microsoft Windows. IBM provides a port for the
System i (OS/400). OpenSSL is based on SSLeay by Eric Andrew Young and
Tim Hudson, development of which unofficially ended on December 17,
1998, when Young and Hudson both started to work for RSA Security.

PoC 1 - Code Snippet [CWE 362]

out = vms_fopen(file, "rb+", VMS_OPEN_ATTRS);
if (out == NULL)
out = vms_fopen(file, "wb", VMS_OPEN_ATTRS);
if (out == NULL)
out = fopen(file, "wb");
if (out == NULL)
goto err;

#ifndef NO_CHMOD
chmod(file, 0600);

Description: The calling function does not provide any security
validation controls, which would effectively prevent a race condition.
The use of open() with the right attributes was agreed.

PoC 2 - Code Snippet [CWE 690] /Issue #3786

char *CRYPTO_strdup(const char *str, const char *file, int line)
char *ret = CRYPTO_malloc(strlen(str) + 1, file, line);

strcpy(ret, str);
return ret;

Description: The function call does not make sure that ret is not NULL. [3]

This is a follow up.

A patch for the issue has been provided by the OpenSSL team:


PoC 3 - Code Snippet [CWE 134]

fprintf(stderr, (isprint(adata->contents[i])) ? "%c " : "%02x",

Description: The function call is prone to a format string attack.

Sincere Thanks to the OpenSSL team for their mutual efforts.


[1] Oracle (2015). Basic Library Functions - Title: fopen() man pages
section 3: Basic Library Functions [Online]
Available at: http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E23824_01/html/821-1465/fopen-3c.html#scrollto

[Last Accessed 2 April, 2015]

[2] M. Howard, D. LeBlanc Writing Secure Code, Second Edition Microsoft Press

[3] http://openssl.6102.n7.nabble.com/openssl-dev-openssl-org-3786-PATCH-Che

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