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Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2016 21:06:57 +0000
From: Jason Buberel <>
To: "" <>
Subject: [security] Go security release v1.5.3

A security-related issue has been reported in Go's math/big package. The
issue was introduced in Go 1.5. We recommend that all users upgrade to Go
1.5.3, which fixes the issue. Go programs must be recompiled with Go 1.5.3
in order to receive the fix.

The Go team would like to thank Nick Craig-Wood for identifying the issue.

This issue can affect RSA computations in crypto/rsa, which is used by
crypto/tls. TLS servers on 32-bit systems could plausibly leak their RSA
private key due to this issue. Other protocol implementations that create
many RSA signatures could also be impacted in the same way.

Specifically, incorrect results in one part of the RSA Chinese Remainder
computation can cause the result to be incorrect in such a way that it
leaks one of the primes. While RSA blinding should prevent an attacker from
crafting specific inputs that trigger the bug, on 32-bit systems the bug
can be expected to occur at random around one in 2^26 times. Thus
collecting around 64 million signatures (of known data) from an affected
server should be enough to extract the private key used.

On 64-bit systems, the frequency of the bug is so low (less than one in
2^50) that it would be very difficult to exploit. Nonetheless, everyone is
strongly encouraged to upgrade.

Go 1.6 will include include a change to double-check the RSA computation,
which is a generic countermeasure to this class of bug.

The CVE issue descriptions and fixes are linked below. Downloads are
available at for all supported platforms.


CLs fixing the issue:

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