SSL 3.0 Vulnerability ("POODLE")
- Product: Cross-Product
- Product Version: All
Engineers at Google have disclosed a vulnerability in SSLv3 that can allow a network attacker to decrypt the contents of certain encrypted web communications.
The exploit is called POODLE (Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption) (CVE-2014-3566), and is made possible by the abuse of a deprecated encryption protocol included in most web browsers and web servers, for legacy site and/or browser compatibility.
The Ex Libris Security Officer has published an announcement regarding this vulnerability: Security Update Customer Announcement-Poodle.pdf
Products Metalib, Aleph, DigiTool and Alma have been successfully tested with the following solution:
- In ssl.conf, add the following line after the current SSLCipherSuite directive:
# SSL Cipher Suite:List the ciphers that the client is permitted to negotiate.
# See the mod_ssl documentation for a complete list.
SSLProtocol All -SSLv2 -SSLv3
- Restart Apache, which will start apache https without support for SSLv2 and v3 which are vulnerable for the latest security issue.
Specific to Aleph:
- The ssl.conf file is located in ./alephe/apache/conf
- Use util w/3/6 to restart the Apache server.
- On Dec. 10, 2014, rep_change 2114 was added to Aleph 22: Remove support for SSLv2 and SSLv3 (which are vulnerable).
- Article last edited: 11-Dec-2014