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Apple SSL Bug In iOS Also Affects OS X 140

Posted by timothy
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Trailrunner7 writes "The certificate-validation vulnerability that Apple patched in iOS yesterday also affects Mac OS X up to 10.9.1, the current version. Several security researchers analyzed the patch and looked at the code in question in OS X and found that the same error exists there as in iOS. Researcher Adam Langley did an analysis of the vulnerable code in OS X and said that the issue lies in the way that the code handles a pair of failures in a row. The bug affects the signature verification process in such a way that a server could send a valid certificate chain to the client and not have to sign the handshake at all, Langley found. Some users are reporting that Apple is rolling out a patch for his vulnerability in OS X, but it has not shown up for all users as yet. Langley has published a test site that will show OS X users whether their machines are vulnerable."
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Apple SSL Bug In iOS Also Affects OS X

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  • by MisterSquid (231834) on Saturday February 22, 2014 @06:05PM (#46312937)
    Over at MetaFilter, there's a pretty informative thread calling out these parts among others [metafilter.com].
    • iOS 6 users with iOS 7-capable devices will be given the latest iOS 7.
    • iOS 6 users without iOS 7-capable devices will be given the latest iOS 6
    • Mac OS X users pre-Mavericks (10.9) are OK.
    • Mac OS X Mavericks users should avoid using Safari.
    • You can visit this link [gotofail.com] to see if your device/browser is affected.
  • by Harry8 (664596) on Saturday February 22, 2014 @06:28PM (#46313031)
    C and C++ still haven't fixed this egregarious bug in the standard. There is no reason for single line, un-braced blocks. People use them to show off how "cool" they are that they don't need to brace because it's only one line. It makes for difficult to spot bugs like this. We need to actually yell at the people on the standards committees to FIX THE BUGS in the standard. There are other really obvious ones and they all should be fixed before adding more new features. YES I'M LOOKING AT YOU C++14! There are plenty of ways you can make a new standard still work alongside code from an old one (compile old, broke, brittle, stupid code with a compiler flag indicating the old standard and new, beter files (yes "translation units c++") with the new one. Introduce a #THIS_FILE_IS_STUPID pragma to disable sanity on old code compiled with the new standard and plenty of others. Pick one, bless, it, implement it and FIX THIS CRAP http://opensource.apple.com/so... [apple.com] The 35th and 36th incidences of the words "goto fail;" in that file are the problem, not easy to spot until you look really closely and it's a bug that a sane standard would make impossible. FIX IT!!

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