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Impact of the Debian OpenSSL Vulnerability On other Linux Distribution

There was random number generator vulnerability in Debian OpenSSL package and similar packages in derived distributions such as Ubuntu / others. Many of our regular readers would like to know:

Can bug present in the Debian OpenSSL packages affect Red Hat / FreeBSD / CentOS Linux workstation / server users?

Short answer, yes.

All keys generated using Debian OpenSSL package must be replaced on other system including FreeBSD / CentOS / RHEL etc as all keys considered as compromized. OpenSSL, OpenSSH and OpenVPN are badly effected. For example, if you use OpenSSH key to get into other Linux / UNIX servers and if key-pair is generated with a vulnerable OpenSSL library, you are at the risk as the key can be reproduced easily.

Bottom, line you need to update keys on other boxes too.

Sysadmin because even developers need heroes!!!

Security Warning: Serious flaw in Debian Linux OpenSSL Package

There is a serious security flaw in Debian openssl – the random number generator in Debian’s openssl package is predictable. As a result, cryptographic key material may be guessable.

=> Package : openssl
=> Vulnerability : predictable random number generator
=> Problem type : remote
=> Debian-specific: yes
=> CVE Id(s) : CVE-2008-0166
=> Checkout description and recommended fix at the following url:

[SECURITY] [DSA 1571-1] New openssl packages fix predictable random number generator