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McAfee Security Bulletin - FREAK OpenSSL Vulnerability
Security Bulletins ID:   SB10108
Last Modified:  6/6/2019


 Who Should Read This Document:  Technical and Security Personnel
 Impact of Vulnerability:  Buffer Errors (CWE-119)
 Cryptographic Issue (CWE-310)
 NULL Pointer Dereference (CWE-476)
 CVE Numbers:  CVE-2014-3569
 CERT/CC and Other Numbers:  None
 Severity Rating:  Medium
 Base / Overall CVSS Scores:  CVSS v2: 5.0 / 4.4 (same for all 8 CVEs)
 CVSS v3: 5.3 / 5.1
 Recommendations:  Install product patches and version updates
 Security Bulletin Replacement: See SB10110 for updated information on CVE-2015-0204.
 Caveats:  None
 Affected Software:  See the McAfee Product Vulnerability Status lists below
 Location of Updated Software:  http://www.mcafee.com/us/downloads/downloads.aspx

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Article contents:


Eight (8) OpenSSL vulnerabilities were reported as CVEs. Each have impacted several McAfee Enterprise products.
For more in-depth information, see the Cryptographic Engineering article, March 3, 2015: http://blog.cryptographyengineering.com/2015/03/attack-of-week-freak-or-factoring-nsa.html.
These patches remediate the following issues:
The ssl23_get_client_hello function in s23_srvr.c in OpenSSL 0.9.8zc, 1.0.0o, and 1.0.1j does not properly handle attempts to use unsupported protocols, which allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (NULL pointer dereference and daemon crash) via an unexpected handshake, as demonstrated by an SSLv3 handshake to a no-ssl3 application with certain error handling. This issue became relevant after the CVE-2014-3568 fix.
The BN_sqr implementation in OpenSSL before 0.9.8zd, 1.0.0 before 1.0.0p, and 1.0.1 before 1.0.1k does not properly calculate the square of a BIGNUM value, which might make it easier for remote attackers to defeat cryptographic protection mechanisms via unspecified vectors, related to crypto/bn/asm/mips.pl, crypto/bn/asm/x86_64-gcc.c, and crypto/bn/bn_asm.c.
OpenSSL before 0.9.8zd, 1.0.0 before 1.0.0p, and 1.0.1 before 1.0.1k allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (NULL pointer dereference and application crash) via a crafted DTLS message that is processed with a different read operation for the handshake header than for the handshake body, related to the dtls1_get_record function in d1_pkt.c and the ssl3_read_n function in s3_pkt.c.
The ssl3_get_key_exchange function in s3_clnt.c in OpenSSL before 0.9.8zd, 1.0.0 before 1.0.0p, and 1.0.1 before 1.0.1k allows remote SSL servers to conduct ECDHE-to-ECDH downgrade attacks and trigger a loss of forward secrecy by omitting the ServerKeyExchange message.
OpenSSL before 0.9.8zd, 1.0.0 before 1.0.0p, and 1.0.1 before 1.0.1k does not enforce certain constraints on certificate data, which allows remote attackers to defeat a fingerprint-based certificate-blacklist protection mechanism by including crafted data within a certificate's unsigned portion, related to crypto/asn1/a_verify.c, crypto/dsa/dsa_asn1.c, crypto/ecdsa/ecs_vrf.c, and crypto/x509/x_all.c.
The ssl3_get_key_exchange function in s3_clnt.c in OpenSSL before 0.9.8zd, 1.0.0 before 1.0.0p, and 1.0.1 before 1.0.1k allows remote SSL servers to conduct RSA-to-EXPORT_RSA downgrade attacks and facilitate brute-force decryption by offering a weak ephemeral RSA key in a noncompliant role.
The ssl3_get_cert_verify function in s3_srvr.c in OpenSSL 1.0.0 before 1.0.0p and 1.0.1 before 1.0.1k accepts client authentication with a Diffie-Hellman (DH) certificate without requiring a CertificateVerify message, which allows remote attackers to obtain access without knowledge of a private key via crafted TLS Handshake Protocol traffic to a server that recognizes a Certification Authority with DH support.
Memory leak in the dtls1_buffer_record function in d1_pkt.c in OpenSSL 1.0.0 before 1.0.0p and 1.0.1 before 1.0.1k allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (memory consumption) by sending many duplicate records for the next epoch, leading to failure of replay detection.
Buffer Errors
  • CVE-2015-0206
Cryptographic Issues
  • CVE-2014-3570
  • CVE-2014-3572
  • CVE-2014-8275
  • CVE-2015-0204
  • CVE-2015-0205
NULL Pointer Dereference
  • CVE-2014-3569
All of these issues are resolved in patches listed below.
McAfee Product Vulnerability Status
Investigation into all McAfee products is ongoing. This security bulletin will be updated as additional information is available.
Vulnerable and Updated
  1. GTI Proxy 2.0
  2. McAfee Email Gateway (MEG) / Email and Web Security (EWS) (low risk)
  3. McAfee Web Gateway (MWG)
Vulnerable and Not Yet Updated
  1. McAfee Asset Manager (MAM)
Not Vulnerable
  1. Advanced Threat Defense (ATD)
  2. Boot Attestation Service (BAS) / Open Virtual Appliance (OVA)
  3. Content Security Reporter (CSR)
  4. Data Loss Prevention Endpoint (DLPe)
  5. Database Activity Monitoring (DAM)
  6. Database Vulnerability Manager (DVM)
  7. Drive Encryption (DE)
  8. Email and Web Security (EWS)
  9. Endpoint Encryption for Files and Folders (EEFF)
  10. Endpoint Encryption for PCs (EEPC) / McAfee Drive Encryption (MDE)
  11. Endpoint Encryption for Removable Media – USB (EERM)
  12. Endpoint Encryption Manager (EEM)
  13. Endpoint Intelligence Agent (EIA)
  14. Endpoint Protection for Mac (EPM)
  15. Enterprise Mobility Manager (EMM)
  16. ePO Cloud (TPS)
  17. ePO Deep Command (eDC)
  18. File and Removable Media Protection (FRP)
  19. Host Data Loss Prevention (HDLP)
  20. Host Intrusion Prevention Services (HIPS)
  21. Management for Optimized Virtual Environments (MOVE) AntiVirus
  22. McAfee Agent (MA)
  23. McAfee Application Control (MAC)
  24. McAfee Change Control (MCC)
  25. McAfee Cloud Single Sign On (MCSSO) / McAfee Cloud Identity Manager (MCIM)
  26. McAfee Endpoint Security 10 (MES) / Endpoint Protection 10.0 (EP10)
  27. McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO )
  28. McAfee Mobile Security (MMS)
  29. McAfee MOVE AntiVirus Security Virtual Appliance (MOVE SVA)
  30. McAfee MOVE AntiVirus Security Virtual Appliance Manager (MOVE SVA Manager)
  31. McAfee MOVE Firewall (MOVE Firewall)
  32. McAfee Network Access Control (MNAC)
  33. McAfee Policy Auditor (MPA)
  34. McAfee Quarantine Manager (MQM)
  35. McAfee Security for Domino Windows (MSDW)
  36. McAfee Security for Lotus Domino (MSLD)
  37. McAfee Security for Mac (MSM)
  38. McAfee Security for Microsoft Exchange (MSME)
  39. McAfee Security for Microsoft SharePoint (MSMS)
  40. McAfee Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)
  41. McAfee Vulnerability Manager (MVM)
  42. McAfee Web Reporter (MWR)
  43. Network Data Loss Prevention (NDLP)
  44. Network Security Platform (NSP) Sensor
  45. Network Security Manager (NSM)
  46. Network Threat Behavior Analysis (NTBA)
  47. Network Threat Response (NTR)
  48. Network User Behavior Analysis (NUBA) One Time Password (OTP) / Pledge
  49. Rogue System Detection (RSD)
  50. SaaS Account Management (SAM)
  51. SaaS Email Archiving (SEA)
  52. SaaS Email Protection and Continuity (SaaS Email) 
  53. SaaS Endpoint Protection (SEP)
  54. SaaS Web Protection (SaaS Web)
  55. Secure Container (Android and iOS)
  56. Site Advisor Enterprise (SAE)
  57. Threat Intelligence Exchange (TIE)
  58. Virus Scan Enterprise (VSE)
  59. VirusScan Enterprise for Storage (VSES) Mobile Cloud (MC)
  60. Network Security Manager (NSM)
  61. Network User Behavior Analysis (NUBA)
  62. One Time Password (OTP) / Nordic Edge / Pledge
  63. Online Child Protection (OCP)
  64. PortalShield (PS)
  65. Pre-Install Scanner (PIS)
  66. Public Cloud Security (PCS)
  67. Data Exchange Layer (DXL)
  68. Threat Intelligence Extension (TIE)
  69. SaaS Account Management (SAM)
  70. SaaS Email Archiving (SEA)
  71. SaaS Email Protection and Continuity (SaaS Email)
  72. SaaS Endpoint Protection (SEP)
  73. SaaS Web Protection (SaaS Web)
  74. Secure Container (Android and iOS)
  75. Site Advisor Enterprise (SAE)
  76. Threat Intelligence Exchange (TIE)
  77. Virus Scan Enterprise (VSE)
  78. VirusScan Enterprise for Storage (VSES)
  79. VirusScan Enterprise Linux (VSEL)
  80. VirusScan for Mac (VSMac)
For a description of each product, see: http://www.mcafee.com/us/apps/products-az.aspx.


Go to the McAfee Downloads site and download the applicable product patch/hotfix file:
Product Type Patch Version File Name Release Date
GTI Proxy 2.0          Patch GTI Proxy Patch 6   July 15, 2015
MAM Hotfix 6.6 Hotfix 7 mam_hotfix_pack7.sh June 2015
MEG / EWS 7.6.x Patch 7.6.4   March 30, 2015 Contact Technical support to obtain the patch
MEG / EWS 7.5.x Hotfix 7.5 hotfix 1037302   March 27, 2015 Contact Technical Support to obtain the hotfix
MWG                Patch   March 27, 2015
MWG Patch   March 27, 2015
70103E65*: 70103E65, which originally resolved this CVE, was made obsolete by

Product Specific Notes:
  • GTI Proxy 2.0
    GTI Proxy is vulnerable to CVE-2014-3571 and CVE-2014-3569.
  • MAM
    MAM 6.6 is vulnerable due to the underlying Debian Squeeze Linux platform provided with it. Debian has released a fix for this already at https://security-tracker.debian.org/tracker/CVE-2015-0204. OpenSSL 0.9.8o-4squeeze19 fixes this problem.

    MAM 6.6 Hotfix 7 has superseded the release originally posted in this article.  MAM Hotfix 7 is a rollup that includes the content of hotfixes 1-6. 
  • MEG
    There is a workaround for clients that have not yet been patched. For instructions to disable EXPORT ciphers, see KB84267.
McAfee Product Download Instructions
  1. Launch Internet Explorer.
  2. Navigate to: http://www.mcafee.com/us/downloads/downloads.aspx.
  3. Provide your valid McAfee Grant Number. *
  4. Click your product suite.
  5. Click the applicable product (see table above) and click I Agree.
  6. Click the Patches tab and click the link to download the product .ZIP file under the Product column.
* NOTE: The Content and Cloud Security portal does not require a McAfee Grant number; however, customers have received login credentials together with their MWG license.

For instructions on how to download McAfee products, documentation, security updates, patches, or hotfixes, see: KB56057.

For instructions on how to install/upgrade this hotfix/patch, please review the Release Notes and the Installation Guide (which you can download from the Documentation tab) following the same steps above.


None. Install the provided hotfix / patch / version updates.

The OpenSSL vendor fix was announced in OpenSSL 1.0.1k, 1.0.0p, and 0.9.8zd: https://www.openssl.org/news/secadv_20150108.txt. This fix is being recompiled into the affected McAfee products.
Some McAfee products have signatures to help detect this vulnerability. These include:
  • MVM – McAfee Vulnerability Manager
    • FSL vulnerability checks
    • 17635 - Splunk Enterprise OpenSSL Two Vulnerabilities
    • 17789 - IBM AIX OpenSSL Multiple Vulnerabilities (openssl_advisory12)
    • 17916 - (SOL16139) F5 BIG-IP OpenSSL Vulnerability
    • 17925 - (SOL16136) F5 BIG-IP OpenSSL Vulnerability
    • 17967 - SSL/TLS Export Suites Freak Attack
    • 17970 - (HPSBUX03244) HP-UX OpenSSL Multiple Vulnerabilities
    • 85856 - CentOS 6, 7 CESA-2015-0066 Update Is Not Installed
    • 88660 - Slackware Linux 13.0, 13.1, 13.37, 14.0, 14.1 SSA:2015-009-01 Update Is Not Installed
    • 91708 - Oracle Enterprise Linux ELSA-2015-0066 Update Is Not Installed
    • 91732 - Oracle Enterprise Linux ELSA-2015-3010 Update Is Not Installed
    • 93455 - Mandriva Linux MBS1 MDVSA-2015-019 Update Is Not Installed
    • 130048 - Debian Linux 7.0 DSA-3125-1 Update Is Not Installed
    • 140658 - Red Hat Enterprise Linux RHSA-2015-0066 Update Is Not Installed
    • 143399 - SuSE Linux 13.1, 13.2 openSUSE-SU-2015:0130-1 Update Is Not Installed
    • 143415 - SuSE SLES 10 SP4, SLED 11 SP3 SUSE-SU-2015:0182-1 Update Is Not Installed
    • 143431 - SuSE SLES 10 SP4 SUSE-SU-2015:0172-1 Update Is Not Installed
    • 143432 - SuSE SLES 11 SP1, 11 SP2, 11 SP3, SLED 11 SP3 SUSE-SU-2015:0172-2 Update Is Not Installed
    • 143471 - SuSE SLES 11 SP3 SUSE-SU-2015:0181-1 Update Is Not Installed
    • 143472 - SuSE SLES 12, SLED 12 SUSE-SU-2015:0205-1 Update Is Not Installed
    • 143494 - SuSE SLED 12 SUSE-SU-2015:0305-1 Update Is Not Installed
    • 170445 - Amazon Linux AMI ALAS-2015-469 Update Is Not Installed
    • 174631 - Scientific Linux Security ERRATA Moderate: openssl on SL6.x, SL7.x i386/x86_64 (1501-1506)
    • 17789 - IBM AIX OpenSSL Multiple Vulnerabilities (openssl_advisory12)
    • 181314 - FreeBSD OpenSSL Multiple Vulnerabilities (4e536c14-9791-11e4-977d-d050992ecde8)
    • 184662 - Ubuntu Linux 10.04, 12.04, 14.04, 14.10 USN-2459-1 Update Is Not Installed
    • 188790 - Fedora Linux 21 FEDORA-2015-0512 Update Is Not Installed
    • 188809 - Fedora Linux 20 FEDORA-2015-0601 Update Is Not Installed
Download the latest content for each and enable the checks if they are not enabled by default.


These vulnerabilities were first disclosed by The MITRE Corporation (http://cve.mitre.org/) as:
  • CVE-2014-3569
  • CVE-2014-3570
  • CVE-2014-3571
  • CVE-2014-3572
  • CVE-2014-8275
  • CVE-2015-0204
  • CVE-2015-0205
  • CVE-2015-0206


Corporate Technical Support:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is affected by this security vulnerability?
See the Product Specific Notes section above.
McAfee recommends that all customers verify that they have applied the latest updates.

What issues do this hotfix/patch address?
  • 1032655 - CVE-2014-3571, CVE-2015-0206, CVE-2014-3569, CVE-2014-3572, CVE-2015-0204, CVE-2015-0205, CVE-2014-8275, CVE-2014-3570 (OpenSSL)
  • 1035698 - Is CC vulnerable to CVE-2014-3571, CVE-2015-0206, CVE-2014-3569, CVE-2014-3572, CVE-2015-0204, CVE-2015-0205, CVE-2014-8275, CVE-2014-3570
Does this vulnerability affect McAfee enterprise products?
Yes. Several enterprise products are vulnerable. No consumer products are vulnerable.

How do I know if my McAfee product is vulnerable or not?

For Endpoint products:
Use the following instructions for endpoint or client based products:
  1. Right-click on the McAfee tray shield icon on the Windows task bar.
  2. Select Open Console.
  3. In the console, select Action Menu.
  4. In the Action Menu, select Product Details. The product version is displayed.
For ePO / Server products:
Use the following instructions for server based products:
  • Check the version and build of ePO that is installed. For more information on how to check the version, see: KB52634.
  • Or, create a query in ePO for the product version of the product installed within your organization.
For Appliances:
Use the following instructions for Appliance based products:
  1. Open the Administrator's User Interface (UI).
  2. Click the About link. The product version is displayed.
What is CVSS?
CVSS, or Common Vulnerability Scoring System, is the result of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council’s effort to standardize a system of assessing the criticality of a vulnerability. This system offers an unbiased criticality score between 0 and 10 that customers can use to judge how critical a vulnerability is and plan accordingly. For more information, please visit the CVSS website at: http://www.first.org/cvss/.

When calculating CVSS v2 scores, McAfee has adopted a philosophy that fosters consistency and repeatability. Our guiding principle for CVSS scoring is to score the exploit under consideration by itself. We consider only the immediate and direct impact of the exploit under consideration. We do not factor into a score any potential follow-on exploits that might be made possible by successful exploitation of the issue being scored.
What are the CVSS scoring metrics that have been used?

This score applies to all 8 CVEs.


 Base Score 5.0
 Related exploit range (AccessVector) Network
 Attack complexity (AccessComplexity) Low
 Level of authentication needed (Authentication) None
 Confidentiality impact None
 Integrity impact None
 Availability impact Partial
 Temporal Score (Overall) 4.4
 Availability of exploit (Exploitability) Not Defined
 Type of fix available (RemediationLevel) Official fix
 Level of verification that vulnerability exists (ReportConfidence) Confirmed

NOTE: CVSS version 2.0 was used to generate this score.

Alternate CVSS v3 Scoring:

This score applies to all 8 CVEs.
 Base Score 5.3
Attack Vector (AV) Network (N)
Attack Complexity (AC) Low (L)
Privileges Required (PR) None (N)
User Interaction (UI) None (N)
Scope (S) Unchanged (U)
Confidentiality (C) None (N)
Integrity (I) None (N)
Availability (A) Low (L)
 Temporal Score (Overall) 5.1
Exploitability (E) Not Defined (X)
Remediation Level (RL) Official Fix (O)
Report Confidence (RC) Confirmed (C)

NOTE: CVSS version 3.0 (beta) vector was used to generate this score.

What has McAfee done to resolve the issue?
McAfee has already and will be releasing several product updates to address this security flaw.

Where do I download the fix?
You can download the fix from: http://www.mcafee.com/us/downloads/downloads.aspx.
Users will need to provide their McAfee Grant Number to initiate the download.

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