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Improper Certificate Validation

CVE-2018-1000520

Severity High
Score 7.5/10

Summary

ARM mbedTLS version 2.7.0 and earlier contains a Ciphersuite Allows Incorrectly Signed Certificates vulnerability in mbedtls_ssl_get_verify_result() that can result in ECDSA-signed certificates are accepted, when only RSA-signed ones should be.. This attack appear to be exploitable via Peers negotiate a TLS-ECDH-RSA-* ciphersuite. Any of the peers can then provide an ECDSA-signed certificate, when only an RSA-signed one should be accepted..

  • LOW
  • NETWORK
  • HIGH
  • UNCHANGED
  • NONE
  • NONE
  • NONE
  • NONE

CWE-295 - Improper Certificate Validation

The authenticity component of a web system stems from the ability to validate “Digital certificates”, which (i) establish trust between two or more entities sharing data over a network; (ii) ensure data at rest and transit is secure from unauthorized access; and (iii) check the identity of the actors that interact with the system. An application with absent or ineffective certificate validation mechanisms allows malicious users, impersonating trusted hosts, to manipulate the communication path between the client and the host, resulting in unauthorized access to data and to the application’s internal environment, and potentially enabling man-in-the-middle attacks.

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Advisory Timeline

  • Published