File 0007-Drop-too-short-control-channel-packets.CVE-2014-8104.patch of Package openvpn.219

From c5590a6821e37f3b29735f55eb0c2b9c0924138c Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Steffan Karger <>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:43:05 +0100
References: bsc#907764, CVE-2014-8104
Upstream: yes
Subject: [PATCH] Drop too-short control channel packets instead of asserting

This fixes a denial-of-service vulnerability where an authenticated client
could stop the server by triggering a server-side ASSERT().

OpenVPN would previously ASSERT() that control channel packets have a
payload of at least 4 bytes. An authenticated client could trigger this
assert by sending a too-short control channel packet to the server.

Thanks to Dragana Damjanovic for reporting the issue.

This bug has been assigned CVE-2014-8104.

Signed-off-by: Steffan Karger <>
Acked-by: Gert Doering <>
Message-Id: <1CED409804E2164C8104F9E623B08B9018803B0FE7@FOXDFT02.FOX.local>
Signed-off-by: Gert Doering <>

diff --git a/src/openvpn/ssl.c b/src/openvpn/ssl.c
index 2adfa26..cdc8eb1 100644
--- a/src/openvpn/ssl.c
+++ b/src/openvpn/ssl.c
@@ -2002,7 +2002,11 @@ key_method_2_read (struct buffer *buf, struct tls_multi *multi, struct tls_sessi
   ASSERT (session->opt->key_method == 2);
   /* discard leading uint32 */
-  ASSERT (buf_advance (buf, 4));
+  if (!buf_advance (buf, 4)) {
+    msg (D_TLS_ERRORS, "TLS ERROR: Plaintext buffer too short (%d bytes).",
+	buf->len);
+    goto error;
+  }
   /* get key method */
   key_method_flags = buf_read_u8 (buf);
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