September 25, 2009

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory 200909-20 (Normal): curl

cURL is a command line tool for transferring files with URL syntax, supporting numerous protocols.

Description

Scott Cantor reported that cURL does not properly handle fields in X.509 certificates that contain an ASCII NUL (\0) character. Specifically, the processing of such fields is stopped at the first occurence of a NUL character. This type of vulnerability was recently discovered by Dan Kaminsky and Moxie Marlinspike.

Impact

A remote attacker might employ a specially crafted X.509 certificate (that for instance contains a NUL character in the Common Name field) to conduct man-in-the-middle attacks...

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