Package : heimdal Vulnerability : Cryptographic weakness Problem-Type : remote Debian-specific: no CVE Id : CAN-2003-0138 CERT advisory : VU#623217
A cryptographic weakness in version 4 of the Kerberos protocol allows an attacker to use a chosen-plaintext attack to impersonate any principal in a realm. Additional cryptographic weaknesses in the krb4 implementation permit the use of cut-and-paste attacks to fabricate krb4 tickets for unauthorized client principals if triple-DES keys are used to key krb4 services. These attacks can subvert a site's entire Kerberos authentication infrastructure.
This version of the heimdal package changes the default behavior and disallows cross-realm authentication for Kerberos version 4. Because of the fundamental nature of the problem, cross-realm authentication in Kerberos version 4 cannot be made secure and sites should avoid its use. A new option (--kerberos4-cross-realm) is provided to the kdc command to re-enable version 4 cross-realm authentication for those sites that must use this functionality but desire the other security fixes.
For the stable distribution (woody) this problem has been fixed in version 0.4e-7.woody.6
The old stable distribution (potato) is not affected by this problem, since it isn't compiled against kerberos 4.
For the unstable distribution (sid) this problem has been fixed in version 0.5.2-1.
We recommend that you upgrade your heimdal packages imediately.
Upgrade Instructions --------------------
wget url will fetch the file for you dpkg -i file.deb will install the referenced file.
If you are using the apt-get package manager, use the line for sources.list as given below:
apt-get update will update the internal database apt-get upgrade will install corrected packages
You may use an automated update by adding the resources from the footer to the proper configuration.
Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 alias woody --------------------------------