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USN-4990-1: Nettle vulnerabilities

17 June 2021

Several security issues were fixed in Nettle.

Releases

Packages

  • nettle - low level cryptographic library

Details

It was discovered that Nettle incorrectly handled RSA decryption. A remote
attacker could possibly use this issue to cause Nettle to crash, resulting
in a denial of service. (CVE-2021-3580)

It was discovered that Nettle incorrectly handled certain padding oracles.
A remote attacker could possibly use this issue to perform a variant of the
Bleichenbacher attack. This issue only affected Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.
(CVE-2018-16869)

Update instructions

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package versions:

Ubuntu 21.04
Ubuntu 20.10
Ubuntu 20.04
Ubuntu 18.04

In general, a standard system update will make all the necessary changes.