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1466265: CVE-2017-7526 libgcrypt: Use of left-to-right sliding window method allows full RSA key recovery

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Find out more about CVE-2017-7526 from the MITRE CVE dictionary dictionary and NIST NVD.


This side-channel attack requires that the attacker can run arbitrary software on the hardware where the private RSA key is used. Allowing execute access to a box with private keys should be considered as an unsafe security practice, anyway. Thus in practice there are easier ways to access the private keys than to mount this side-channel attack. However, on boxes with virtual machines this attack may be used by one VM to steal private keys from another VM.

CVSS v3 metrics

NOTE: The following CVSS v3 metrics and score provided are preliminary and subject to review.

CVSS3 Base Score 6.1
CVSS3 Base Metrics CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:H/PR:N/UI:R/S:C/C:H/I:N/A:N
Attack Vector Network
Attack Complexity High
Privileges Required None
User Interaction Required
Scope Changed
Confidentiality High
Integrity Impact None
Availability Impact None

Affected Packages State

Platform Package State
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 libgcrypt Will not fix
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 libgcrypt Will not fix
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 libgcrypt Will not fix
RHEV Manager 3 mingw-virt-viewer Will not fix


Red Hat would like to thank the Libgcrypt project for reporting this issue.

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