Debian Security Advisory

DSA-4309-1 strongswan -- security update

Date Reported:
01 Oct 2018
Affected Packages:
Security database references:
In Mitre's CVE dictionary: CVE-2018-17540.
More information:

Google's OSS-Fuzz revealed an exploitable bug in the gmp plugin caused by the patch that fixes CVE-2018-16151 and CVE-2018-16152 (DSA-4305-1).

An attacker could trigger it using crafted certificates with RSA keys with very small moduli. Verifying signatures with such keys would cause an integer underflow and subsequent heap buffer overflow resulting in a crash of the daemon. While arbitrary code execution is not completely ruled out because of the heap buffer overflow, due to the form of the data written to the buffer it seems difficult to actually exploit it in such a way.

For the stable distribution (stretch), this problem has been fixed in version 5.5.1-4+deb9u4.

We recommend that you upgrade your strongswan packages.

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