Date: Thu, 24 May 2012 19:30:54 -0400 From: "Dwayne C. Litzenberger" <dlitz@...tz.net> To: oss-security@...ts.openwall.com Subject: CVE-2012-2417 - PyCrypto <= 2.5 insecure ElGamal key generation CVE-2012-2417 https://bugs.launchpad.net/pycrypto/+bug/985164 PyCrypto (also known as python-crypto) versions 2.5 and earlier implement incorrect ElGamal key generation. The bug has been fixed in PyCrypto 2.6, which was released this morning. Details below: In the ElGamal schemes (for both encryption and signatures), g is supposed to be the generator of the entire Z^*_p group. However, in PyCrypto 2.5 and earlier, g is more simply the generator of a random sub-group of Z^*_p. The result is that the signature space (when the key is used for signing) or the public key space (when the key is used for encryption) may be greatly reduced from its expected size of log(p) bits, possibly down to 1 bit (the worst case if the order of g is 2). While it has not been confirmed, it has also been suggested that an attacker might be able to use this fact to determine the private key. Anyone using ElGamal keys should generate new keys as soon as practical. Any additional information about this bug will be tracked at the above URL. -- Dwayne C. Litzenberger <dlitz@...tz.net> OpenPGP: 19E1 1FE8 B3CF F273 ED17 4A24 928C EC13 39C2 5CF7 [ CONTENT OF TYPE application/pgp-signature SKIPPED ]
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