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Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2016 11:49:48 -0500 (EST)
From: cve-assign@...re.org
To: hanno@...eck.de
Cc: cve-assign@...re.org, oss-security@...ts.openwall.com
Subject: Re: ProFTPD before 1.3.5b/1.3.6rc2 uses 1024 bit Diffie Hellman parameters for TLS even if user sets manual parameters

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> The ProFTPD daemon supports TLS encrypted connections via the mod_tls
> module. This module has a configuration option
> TLSDHParamFile
> to specify user-defined Diffie Hellman parameters.
> 
> Versions older than 1.3.5b / 1.3.6rc2 had a bug that would cause the
> software to ignore the parameters and use Diffie Hellman key exchanges
> with 1024 bit:
> http://bugs.proftpd.org/show_bug.cgi?id=4230
> 
> As 1024 bit DH is considered dangerously small these days and breakable
> by a powerful attacker I think this should be considered a security
> vulnerability.

> https://github.com/proftpd/proftpd/pull/226

>> This logic should hopefully address the bug, where the principle of
>> least surprise was violated because a DH (4096 bits), larger than the
>> configured server cert (of 2048 bits), was not selected.

Use CVE-2016-3125. This CVE is for the "principle of least surprise"
violation in which the administrator configured a security-relevant
setting to one value, but the product's behavior used a potentially
worse value. This CVE is not specifically about whether 1024 is
"dangerous" or about whether 1024 should be configurable at all.


> The release notes[1] are confusing, as they mention only problems with
> keys smaller than 2048 bit, but I was also able to reproduce this issue
> with 4096 bit keys.
> [1] http://proftpd.org/docs/RELEASE_NOTES-1.3.5b

We are not sure why this would be confusing.

"SSH RSA hostkeys smaller than 2048 bits now work properly" in those
release notes corresponds to an entirely different issue, described
at:

  http://bugs.proftpd.org/show_bug.cgi?id=4097
  https://forums.proftpd.org/smf/index.php/topic,11579.0.html

This 2048-bit issue does not have a CVE ID. Very roughly, the 2048-bit
issue seems to be about "it is possible for the administrator to
configure the product so that it is easier for a client to cause a DoS
to that client's own session."

The CVE-2016-3125 issue corresponds only to the third 1.3.5b item,
i.e., "Fixed selection of DH groups from TLSDHParamFile."

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