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Read/write after SSL object in error state (CVE-2017-3737)

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Reflection Desktop 16.1 version 16.1.348 and earlier
InfoConnect Desktop 16.1 version 16.1.348 and earlier


OpenSSL 1.0.2 (starting from version 1.0.2b) introduced an "error state" mechanism. The intent was that if a fatal error occurred during a handshake then OpenSSL would move into the error state and would immediately fail if you attempted to continue the handshake. This works as designed for the explicit handshake functions (SSL_do_handshake(), SSL_accept() and SSL_connect()), however due to a bug it does not work correctly if SSL_read() or SSL_write() is called directly. In that scenario, if the handshake fails then a fatal error will be returned in the initial function call. If SSL_read()/SSL_write() is subsequently called by the application for the same SSL object then it will succeed and the data is passed without being decrypted/encrypted directly from the SSL/TLS record layer. In order to exploit this issue an application bug would have to be present that resulted in a call to SSL_read()/SSL_write() being issued after having already received a fatal error. OpenSSL version 1.0.2b-1.0.2m are affected. Fixed in OpenSSL 1.0.2n. OpenSSL 1.1.0 is not affected.


This issue is addressed in Reflection/InfoConnect Desktop 16.1 version 16.1.362 and higher.


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  • Document ID:7022626
  • Creation Date:31-JAN-18
  • Modified Date:01-JUN-18
    • NovellInfoConnect Desktop
      Reflection Desktop

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