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Ubuntu: openssl-blacklist update  18 June 2008 
Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
A weakness has been discovered in the random number generator used by OpenSSL on Debian and Ubuntu systems. As a result of this weakness, certain encryption keys are much more common than they should be, such that an attacker could guess the key through a brute-force attack given minimal knowledge of the system. This particularly affects the use of encryption keys in OpenSSH, OpenVPN and SSL certificates.
 
Ubuntu: Samba vulnerabilities  17 June 2008 
Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
Samba developers discovered that nmbd could be made to overrun a buffer during the processing of GETDC logon server requests. When samba is configured as a Primary or Backup Domain Controller, a remote attacker could send malicious logon requests and possibly cause a denial of service. (CVE-2007-4572) Alin Rad Pop of Secunia Research discovered that Samba did not properly perform bounds checking when parsing SMB replies. A remote attacker could send crafted SMB packets and execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2008-1105)
 
Ubuntu: X.org vulnerabilities  13 June 2008 
Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
It was discovered that the MIT-SHM extension of X.org did not correctly validate the location of memory during an image copy. An authenticated attacker could exploit this to read arbitrary memory locations within X, exposing sensitive information. (CVE-2008-1379)
 
Ubuntu: openssl-blacklist update  12 June 2008 
Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
USN-612-3 addressed a weakness in OpenSSL certificate and key generation in OpenVPN by introducing openssl-blacklist to aid in detecting vulnerable private keys. This update enhances the openssl-vulnkey tool to check Certificate Signing Requests, accept input from STDIN, and check moduli without a certificate. It was also discovered that additional moduli are vulnerable if generated with OpenSSL 0.9.8g or higher. While it is believed that there are few of these vulnerable moduli in use, this update includes updated RSA-1024 and RSA-2048 blacklists. RSA-512 blacklists are also included in the new openssl-blacklist-extra package.
 
Ubuntu: OpenVPN regression  12 June 2008 
Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
USN-612-3 addressed a weakness in OpenSSL certificate and key generation in OpenVPN by adding checks for vulnerable certificates and keys to OpenVPN. A regression was introduced in OpenVPN when using TLS with password protected certificates which caused OpenVPN to not start when used with applications such as NetworkManager.
 
Ubuntu: Evolution vulnerabilities  06 June 2008 
Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
Alin Rad Pop of Secunia Research discovered that Evolution did not properly validate timezone data when processing iCalendar attachments. If a user disabled the ITip Formatter plugin and viewed a crafted iCalendar attachment, an attacker could cause a denial of service or possibly execute code with user privileges. Note that the ITip Formatter plugin is enabled by default in Ubuntu. (CVE-2008-1108)
 
Ubuntu: Linux kernel vulnerabilities  03 June 2008 
Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
It was discovered that PowerPC kernels did not correctly handle reporting certain system details. By requesting a specific set of information, a local attacker could cause a system crash resulting in a denial of service. (CVE-2007-6694)
 
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