[Cryptography] Montgomery multiplication bug in OpenSSL?

Hanno Böck hanno at hboeck.de
Sun Dec 6 18:16:02 EST 2015

On Sun, 6 Dec 2015 18:07:09 -0500
"Perry E. Metzger" <perry at piermont.com> wrote:

> The latest OpenSSL security announcement alluded to a bug in carries
> in the Montgomery multiplication code. This is a sufficiently
> unusual security bug in cryptographic code that it piqued my
> interest. Does anyone know details that they're willing to share with
> the list, both about the bug itself and what the likely implications
> are?

I'm the one who discovered this bug. Here's a writeup:

It is still an open question whether this is really exploitable. The DH
case seems to be the most plausible exploit scenario.

Also I have reason to believe this is not that unusual. We already had
a bug in BN_sqr earlier this year. I think testing bignum libraries is
something that needs to be done more thoroughly.

Hanno Böck

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