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Date: Sun, 29 Apr 2012 00:48:54 -0600
From: Kurt Seifried <kseifried@...hat.com>
To: oss-security@...ts.openwall.com
CC: Vincent Danen <vdanen@...hat.com>
Subject: Re: weak use of crypto in python-elixir can lead to
 information disclosure (CVE and peer review request)

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On 04/27/2012 02:40 PM, Vincent Danen wrote:
> Could a CVE be assigned for the following issue?
> 
> It was reported that python-elixir, a library for ORM mapping on
> top of SQLAlchemy with support for encrypting data stored in a
> database, suffers from weak use of cryptography.  It uses Blowfish
> in CFB mode, which has an additional parameter (IV), which is not
> specified and thus defaults to zero.  CFB mode is only secure if
> the the IV is unpredictable and different for every message.
> Because of this, and because the encryption key is shared for each
> database table (fields and rows), the same plaintext prefix is
> always encrypted to an identical and corresponding ciphertext
> prefix.  As a result, an attacker with access to the database could
> figure out the plaintext values of encrypted text.
> 
> 
> References:
> 
> https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=810013 
> http://groups.google.com/group/sqlelixir/browse_thread/thread/efc16227514cffa?pli=1
>
>  http://elixir.ematia.de/trac/ticket/119

Please use CVE-2012-2146 for this issue.

> 
> So far there has been no response from upstream, and we have what
> I think is a suitable proposal to fix the flaw and a possible
> migration script to ease migrating from an insecure encrypted db to
> a secure one (noted in the google groups message).
> 
> Not sure if anyone else is shipping python-elixir at all, but if
> you are, input on the proposed fix and migration script (in the
> absence of an upstream response) would be fantastic.


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Kurt Seifried Red Hat Security Response Team (SRT)
PGP: 0x5E267993 A90B F995 7350 148F 66BF 7554 160D 4553 5E26 7993

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