CVE-2013-1663 is a possible remote DOS attack issue. This issue has
been fixed in >=GNUTLS-3.0.14. I hacked on it for hours and figure out
a few prerequisites could make it vulnerable:
- prior to GNUTLS 3.0.14
- crafted certificate
- a client import a crafted cert file for sending req to server( CA?)
- a "server" import a crafted cert file for sending req to other
---> With high frequency uses above manipulations
Stand on the client side, the attacker should try to construct a
crafted certificate for triggering the below function fails:
ret = gnutls_pubkey_import_x509(pcert->pubkey, crt, 0);
if (ret < 0)
/* pcert->pubkey should be NULL now */
ret = gnutls_assert_val(ret);
I made up two crafted cert files( client.pem, client2.pem) seems would
trigger the double free issue in client's side.
Warning: Don't try it on your host machine because it would cost too
much memory then makes your machine very slow. I highly recommend you guys use vm for testing.
processing server set to null?
Server ready. Listening to port '5556'.
Another terminal: killall client
Test platform: Slackware 13.37 + GNUTLS-3.0.13