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Re: Windows doesn't verify digital signature of CRL files
From: "Neil Gierman" <ngierman () roadrunn com>
Date: Tue, 10 Aug 2004 11:07:47 -0500 (CDT)

Correct me if I am wrong but I understood that certificate validation was
processed by the information in the certificate to be validated (CDP or
AIA extension). If the CDP location contains a valid CRL URL and that CA's
CRL is not already in cache, then the CRL is retreived from that CDP URL
in the certificate. If a person was able to inject a modified CRL into
that CDP URL, or redirect the client machine to an alternate server for
LDAP/HTTP CRL download, and CAPI is not validating signatures on CRL's
then a person could use a revoked certificate for access to systems among
other things.

While this may not be a bug I think it would be a wise security practice
to validate a signature if it is there.

Neil

* Faro Poplar wrote:
Has anyone  noticed that Windows doesn't verify the digital signature
of CRL files  (*.crl).

Yes, I noticed that about 2 years ago. IMO this is no security issue.
CRLs are retrieved from the certificate store via CertGetCRLFromStore.
Sane use of CertGetCRLFromStore makes sure only properly signed CRLs are
used (http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/
seccrypto/security/certverifycrlrevocation.asp).

Thomas Walpuski



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