Debian Security Advisory

DLA-3206-1 heimdal -- LTS security update

Date Reported:
26 Nov 2022
Affected Packages:
Security database references:
In the Debian bugtracking system: Bug 946786, Bug 996586, Bug 1024187.
In Mitre's CVE dictionary: CVE-2019-14870, CVE-2021-3671, CVE-2021-44758, CVE-2022-3437, CVE-2022-41916, CVE-2022-42898, CVE-2022-44640.
More information:

Multiple security vulnerabilities were discovered in heimdal, an implementation of the Kerberos 5 authentication protocol, which may result in denial of service, information disclosure, or remote code execution.

  • CVE-2019-14870

    Isaac Boukris reported that the Heimdal KDC before 7.7.1 does not apply delegation_not_allowed (aka not-delegated) user attributes for S4U2Self. Instead the forwardable flag is set even if the impersonated client has the not-delegated flag set.

  • CVE-2021-3671

    Joseph Sutton discovered that the Heimdal KDC before 7.7.1 does not check for missing missing sname in TGS-REQ (Ticket Granting Server Request) before before dereferencing. An authenticated user could use this flaw to crash the KDC.

  • CVE-2021-44758

    It was discovered that Heimdal is prone to a NULL dereference in acceptors when the initial SPNEGO token has no acceptable mechanisms, which may result in denial of service for a server application that uses the Simple and Protected GSSAPI Negotiation Mechanism (SPNEGO).

  • CVE-2022-3437

    Evgeny Legerov reported that the DES and Triple-DES decryption routines in the Heimdal GSSAPI library before 7.7.1 were prone to buffer overflow on malloc() allocated memory when presented with a maliciously small packet. In addition, the Triple-DES and RC4 (arcfour) decryption routine were prone to non-constant time leaks, which could potentially yield to a leak of secret key material when using these ciphers.

  • CVE-2022-41916

    It was discovered that Heimdal's PKI certificate validation library before 7.7.1 can under some circumstances perform an out-of-bounds memory access when normalizing Unicode, which may result in denial of service.

  • CVE-2022-42898

    Greg Hudson discovered an integer multiplication overflow in the Privilege Attribute Certificate (PAC) parsing routine, which may result in denial of service for Heimdal KDCs and possibly Heimdal servers (e.g., via GSS-API) on 32-bit systems.

  • CVE-2022-44640

    Douglas Bagnall and the Heimdal maintainers independently discovered that Heimdal's ASN.1 compiler before 7.7.1 generates code that allows specially crafted DER encodings of CHOICEs to invoke the wrong free() function on the decoded structure upon decode error, which may result in remote code execution in the Heimdal KDC and possibly the Kerberos client, the X.509 library, and other components as well.

For Debian 10 buster, these problems have been fixed in version 7.5.0+dfsg-3+deb10u1.

We recommend that you upgrade your heimdal packages.

For the detailed security status of heimdal please refer to its security tracker page at:

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