centos 6
crypto weakness #310


Weakness Breakdown


This weakness involves creating non-standard or non-tested algorithms, using weak algorithms or applying cryptographic algorithms incorrectly. Algorithms that were once considered safe are commonly later found to be unsafe, as the algorithms were broken.

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The crypt functions use a poor one-way hashing algorithm; since they only accept passwords of 8 characters or fewer and only a two-byte salt, they are excessively vulnerable to dictionary attacks given today's faster computing equipment.

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The highlighted line of code below is the trigger point of this particular Centos 6 crypto weakness.

         /* key3 independent */ 
        for (k=16; k<24; k++) {
            /* key3[i+1] = KEY3[i] xor PT/CT[j-2] */
            key[k] ^= text_2[k-16];
    /* set the parity bits */            
    for (k=0; k<24; k++) {
        key[k] = odd_parity(key[k]);

 * Perform the Monte Carlo Test
 * mode = NSS_DES_EDE3 or NSS_DES_EDE3_CBC
 * crypt = ENCRYPT || DECRYPT
 * inputtext = plaintext or Cyphertext depending on the value of crypt
 * inputlength is expected to be size 8 bytes 
 * iv = needs to be set for NSS_DES_EDE3_CBC mode
 * resp = is the output response file. 
tdea_mct_test(int mode, unsigned char* key, unsigned int numKeys, 
              unsigned int crypt, unsigned char* inputtext, 
              unsigned int inputlength, unsigned char* iv, FILE *resp) { 

    int i, j;
    unsigned char outputtext_1[8];      /* PT/CT[j-1] */
    unsigned char outputtext_2[8];      /* PT/CT[j-2] */
    char buf[80];       /* holds one line from the input REQUEST file. */
    unsigned int outputlen;
    unsigned char outputtext[8];
    SECStatus rv;

    if (mode == NSS_DES_EDE3 && iv != NULL) {
        printf("IV must be NULL for NSS_DES_EDE3 mode");
        goto loser;
    } else if (mode == NSS_DES_EDE3_CBC && iv == NULL) {
        printf("IV must not be NULL for NSS_DES_EDE3_CBC mode");
        goto loser;

    /* loop 400 times */
    for (i=0; i<400; i++) {
        /* if i == 0 CV[0] = IV  not necessary */        
        /* record the count and key values and plainText */
        sprintf(buf, "COUNT = %d\n", i); 

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