Red Hat FreeIPA up to 3.1.1 cryptographic issues

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A vulnerability was found in Red Hat FreeIPA up to 3.1.1 (Directory Service Software). It has been rated as critical. This issue affects an unknown code. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a cryptographic issues vulnerability. Using CWE to declare the problem leads to CWE-310. Impacted is confidentiality, integrity, and availability. The summary by CVE is:

The client in FreeIPA 2.x and 3.x before 3.1.2 does not properly obtain the Certification Authority (CA) certificate from the server, which allows man-in-the-middle attackers to spoof a join procedure via a crafted certificate.

The weakness was released 01/27/2013 (Website). It is possible to read the advisory at The identification of this vulnerability is CVE-2012-5484 since 10/24/2012. The attack needs to be initiated within the local network. No form of authentication is needed for a successful exploitation. The technical details are unknown and an exploit is not publicly available. The attack technique deployed by this issue is T1600 according to MITRE ATT&CK.

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 68714 (Oracle Linux 6 : ipa (ELSA-2013-0188)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Oracle Linux Local Security Checks.

Upgrading to version 2.2.1 eliminates this vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (81485) and Tenable (68714).







CPE 2.3info

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Class: Cryptographic issues
CWE: CWE-310
ATT&CK: T1600

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Remote: Partially

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Nessus ID: 68714
Nessus Name: Oracle Linux 6 : ipa (ELSA-2013-0188)
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OpenVAS ID: 881580
OpenVAS Name: CentOS Update for ipa-admintools CESA-2013:0188 centos6
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Recommended: Upgrade
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Upgrade: FreeIPA 2.2.1


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Advisory: RHSA-2013:0188
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CVE: CVE-2012-5484 (🔍)

X-Force: 81485
Vulnerability Center: 38308 - FreeIPA Improper Certification Authority Obtaining Allows Remote Join Procedure Spoofing, Critical
SecurityFocus: 57529 - FreeIPA CVE-2012-5484 Man in The Middle Security Vulnerability


Created: 03/24/2015 12:22 PM
Updated: 12/21/2021 09:51 PM
Changes: 03/24/2015 12:22 PM (66), 04/24/2017 01:13 PM (5), 12/21/2021 09:38 PM (4), 12/21/2021 09:51 PM (1)
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