alpine 3.6
crypto weakness #69


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 Alpine 3.6 crypto weakness.


/* AES-CCM with fixed L=2 and aad_len <= 30 assumption */
int aes_ccm_ad(const u8 *key, size_t key_len, const u8 *nonce,
	       size_t M, const u8 *crypt, size_t crypt_len,
	       const u8 *aad, size_t aad_len, const u8 *auth, u8 *plain)
	const size_t L = 2;
	void *aes;

	if (aad_len > 30 || M > AES_BLOCK_SIZE)
		return -1;

	aes = aes_encrypt_init(key, key_len);
	if (aes == NULL)
		return -1;

	/* Decryption */
	aes_ccm_encr_start(L, nonce, a);
	aes_ccm_decr_auth(aes, M, a, auth, t);

	/* plaintext = msg XOR (S_1 | S_2 | ... | S_n) */
	aes_ccm_encr(aes, L, crypt, crypt_len, plain, a);

	aes_ccm_auth_start(aes, M, L, nonce, aad, aad_len, crypt_len, x);
	aes_ccm_auth(aes, plain, crypt_len, x);


	if (os_memcmp_const(x, t, M) != 0) {
		wpa_printf(MSG_EXCESSIVE, "CCM: Auth mismatch");
		return -1;

	return 0;

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