Authentication Bypass: OpenSSL CTX Object Modified after SSL Objects are Created

The product modifies the SSL context after connection creation has begun.


If the program modifies the SSL_CTX object after creating SSL objects from it, there is the possibility that older SSL objects created from the original context could all be affected by that change.


The following examples help to illustrate the nature of this weakness and describe methods or techniques which can be used to mitigate the risk.

Note that the examples here are by no means exhaustive and any given weakness may have many subtle varieties, each of which may require different detection methods or runtime controls.

Example One

The following example demonstrates the weakness.

#define CERT "secret.pem"
#define CERT2 "secret2.pem"

int main(){

  SSL_CTX *ctx;
  SSL *ssl;

  ctx = SSL_CTX_new(SSLv23_method());

  if (SSL_CTX_use_certificate_chain_file(ctx, CERT) != 1)
    int_error("Error loading certificate from file");

  if (SSL_CTX_use_PrivateKey_file(ctx, CERT, SSL_FILETYPE_PEM) != 1)
    int_error("Error loading private key from file");

  if (!(ssl = SSL_new(ctx)))
    int_error("Error creating an SSL context");

  if ( SSL_CTX_set_default_passwd_cb(ctx, "new default password" != 1))
    int_error("Doing something which is dangerous to do anyways");

  if (!(ssl2 = SSL_new(ctx)))
    int_error("Error creating an SSL context");


See Also

Comprehensive Categorization: Access Control

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Authenticate Actors

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SFP Secondary Cluster: Digital Certificate

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Comprehensive CWE Dictionary

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