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Re: Security update of nettle

Hi Niels and gnutls maintainers

I do not think coordination with gnutls is needed. I can not see that gnutls depend on nettle in wheezy.
I can see that it can potentially do that, but I do not think it do.

There are no dependencies declared on nettle library and from unstable changelog it looks like this build dependency was first added in gnutls28. Wheezy has gnutls28.

I may be wrong however.

Or can it be so that nettle is built in statically and that a build dependency is not needed as some other package has a build dependency so we get it indirectly?

I'm including the gnutls maintainers to get their opinion.

// Ola

On Sat, Aug 6, 2016 at 8:40 PM, Niels Möller <nisse@lysator.liu.se> wrote:
Ola Lundqvist <ola@inguza.com> writes:

> Magnus, Niels and I have been discussing the nettle update due to
> https://security-tracker.debian.org/tracker/CVE-2016-6489

Please note that some coordinatoino with gnutls may be needed, to avoid
a denial-of-service problem involving invalid private keys.

> I suggest something like this:
> "Protect against potential timing attacks against exponentiation operations
> as described in CVE-2016-6489 RSA code is vulnerable to cache sharing
> related attacks."

I'd suggest the more general "side-channel attacks" over "timing


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