Debian Security Advisory

DSA-1719-1 gnutls13 -- design flaw

Date Reported:
10 Feb 2009
Affected Packages:
Security database references:
In the Debian bugtracking system: Bug 505360.
In Mitre's CVE dictionary: CVE-2008-4989.
More information:

Martin von Gagern discovered that GNUTLS, an implementation of the TLS/SSL protocol, handles verification of X.509 certificate chains incorrectly if a self-signed certificate is configured as a trusted certificate. This could cause clients to accept forged server certificates as genuine. (CVE-2008-4989)

In addition, this update tightens the checks for X.509v1 certificates which causes GNUTLS to reject certain certificate chains it accepted before. (In certificate chain processing, GNUTLS does not recognize X.509v1 certificates as valid unless explicitly requested by the application.)

For the stable distribution (etch), this problem has been fixed in version 1.4.4-3+etch3.

For the unstable distribution (sid), this problem has been fixed in version 2.4.2-3 of the gnutls26 package.

We recommend that you upgrade your gnutls13 packages.

Fixed in:

Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 (etch)

Architecture-independent component:
HP Precision:
Intel IA-32:
Intel IA-64:
Big-endian MIPS:
Little-endian MIPS:
IBM S/390:
Sun Sparc:

MD5 checksums of the listed files are available in the original advisory.