Home page logo
/

bugtraq logo Bugtraq mailing list archives

PowerArchiver: Uses insecure legacy PKZIP encryption when AES is selected (CVE-2014-2319)
From: Hanno Böck <hanno () hboeck de>
Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:20:57 +0100

PowerArchiver: Uses insecure legacy PKZIP encryption when AES is
selected (CVE-2014-2319)

References

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2014-2319
http://int21.de/cve/CVE-2014-2319-powerarchiver.html
http://www.powerarchiver.com/2014/03/12/powerarchiver-2013-14-02-05-released/

Background

ftp://utopia.hacktic.nl/pub/crypto/cracking/pkzip.ps.gz

Description

The compression tool PowerArchiver version 14.02.03 creates files with
an insecure encryption method even if the user selects a (secure) AES
encryption in the GUI.

If a user clicks on the "Encrypt Files" and selects "AES 256-bit" for
encryption, the outcoming file will not be AES-encrypted. It will
instead use the legacy PKZIP encryption, which uses a broken
encryption algorithm.

Note that there are different ways in PowerArchiver to create an
encrypted ZIP file, the issue only appears when using the "Encrypt
Files"-Button.

The PKZIP encryption has been broken by Biham/Kocher in 1994.

The vendor ConeXware has released version 14.02.05 which fixes the
issue. It also disables completely support for creating archives with
the broken legacy ZIP encryption.

Disclosure Timeline

2014-03-10: Issue found, vendor contacted
2014-03-10: Vendor replies, confirms issue
2014-03-12: Vendor publishes fixed version


-- 
Hanno Böck
http://hboeck.de/

mail/jabber: hanno () hboeck de
GPG: BBB51E42

Attachment: signature.asc
Description:


  By Date           By Thread  

Current thread:
  • PowerArchiver: Uses insecure legacy PKZIP encryption when AES is selected (CVE-2014-2319) Hanno Böck (Mar 13)
[ Nmap | Sec Tools | Mailing Lists | Site News | About/Contact | Advertising | Privacy ]
AlienVault