34.Key AbstractDigital

Last week, we wrote about a bunch of memory management bugs that were fixed in the latest security update of the popular OpenSSL encryption library. Along with those memory bugs, we also reported on a bug dubbed CVE-2022-4304: Timing Oracle in RSA Decryption.

In this bug, firing the same encrypted message over and over again at a server, but modifying the padding at the end of the data to make the data invalid, and thus provoking some sort of unpredictable behaviour…

…wouldn’t take a consistent amount of time, assuming you were close to the target on the network that you could reliably guess how long the data transfer part of the process would take.