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Gentoo: heimdal krb4 cryptographic weakness Print E-mail
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Gentoo heimdal suffers from the same vulnerability as mit-krb5 does, hence the identical advisory.

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          PACKAGE : heimdal
          SUMMARY : protocol bug in the kerberos v4 cross-realm operation
             DATE : 2003-05-27 08:46 UTC
          EXPLOIT : remote
VERSIONS AFFECTED : =heimdal-0.6
              CVE : CAN-2003-0139 CAN-2003-0138

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heimdal suffers from the same vulnerability as mit-krb5 does, hence
the identical advisory.

- - From advisory:
"A cryptographic weakness in version 4 of the Kerberos protocol allows
an attacker to use a chosen-plaintext attack to impersonate any
principal in a realm.  Additional cryptographic weaknesses in the krb4
implementation included in the MIT krb5 distribution permit the use of
cut-and-paste attacks to fabricate krb4 tickets for unauthorized
client principals if triple-DES keys are used to key krb4 services.
These attacks can subvert a site's entire Kerberos authentication

Read the full advisory at


It is recommended that all Gentoo Linux users who are running
app-crypt/heimdal upgrade to heimdal-0.6 as follows

emerge sync
emerge heimdal
emerge clean

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