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CVE-2013-1431: telepathy-gabble: TLS bypass via use of legacy Jabber
From: Simon McVittie <simon.mcvittie () collabora co uk>
Date: Thu, 30 May 2013 15:54:26 +0100

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Maksim Otstavnov reported a vulnerability in the Wocky submodule used by
telepathy-gabble, an XMPP client implementation for the Telepathy
framework. A network intermediary could use this vulnerability to bypass
TLS verification and perform a man-in-the-middle attack. The Debian
security team has allocated CVE-2013-1431 for this vulnerability.

This vulnerability is fixed in telepathy-gabble 0.16.6 [0]. All
versions since 0.9.x are believed to be vulnerable. The patch
described below is likely to apply to all affected versions without
modification.

If you use an unencrypted connection to a "legacy Jabber" (pre-XMPP)
server, fixed versions of telepathy-gabble will not connect to that
server until you make one of these configuration changes:

• upgrade the server software to something that supports XMPP 1.0; or
• use an encrypted "old SSL" connection, typically on port 5223
  (old-ssl); or
• turn off "Encryption required (TLS/SSL)" (require-encryption).

Since the vulnerable code is in a git submodule, distributors with
tarball-based builds for telepathy-gabble will need to apply a patch
with suitably adjusted paths. A suitable patch[1] is available from
the Telepathy bug report[2]. Distributors who will patch the Wocky
submodule directly can take the patch from the git commit[3].

In the current development branch, versions 0.17.0 to 0.17.3 are
vulnerable; the upcoming 0.17.4 release will fix this vulnerability.

Regards,
    Simon

[0]
http://telepathy.freedesktop.org/releases/telepathy-gabble/telepathy-gabble-0.16.6.tar.gz

http://telepathy.freedesktop.org/releases/telepathy-gabble/telepathy-gabble-0.16.6.tar.gz.asc
[1] https://bugs.freedesktop.org/attachment.cgi?id=79894
[2] https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=65036
[3]
cgit.freedesktop.org/wocky/commit/?id=ff317a2783058e8e90fac21bd8ba18359c5401f9
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