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Title:        EMI VOMS CRL handling vulnerability 'Low' RISK  

Date:         2012-03-03
Updated:      2012-04-02



A vulnerability has been found in EMI VOMS which may allow a user whose certificate
has been revoked to generate a VOMS proxy.  This was reported to the EGI SVG. 

Another result of the software bug that results in this vulnerability is that some 
certificates are rejected even though they are valid. 

This problem has been fixed and a new version is available. 


There is an error in the EMI VOMS service specific to the c/c++ VOMS daemons which 
handles CRLs incorrectly.

This error allows most users who possess a revoked certificate to get a VOMS 
attribute certificate bound to the revoked certificate. This is considered to be a 
'Low' risk security error since most services carry out further checking of the 
certificates and will reject the VOMS proxy associated with the revoked certificate.

However, another result of this software bug is that some valid certificates may
be rejected.  

Risk Category

This issue has been assessed as 'Low' risk by the EGI SVG Risk Assessment Team.
However, greater urgency for fixing this issue results from the rejection of valid

Affected Software

This problem is found in VOMS 2.0.2 released in EMI. 

The problem is fixed in  VOMS 2.0.7 released as part of EMI Update 14 and is 
available in UMD 1.6.0. 

gLite 3.1 and gLite 3.2 are not affected, as they contain different CRL handling software. 


No mitigation is recommended. 

Component Installation information

Release notes for UMD-1.6.0

The official repository for the distribution of grid middleware for EGI sites is which contains the EGI Unified Middleware Distrbution (UMD).

The update announcement for VOMS from EMI can be found at:


Sites are recommended to update relevant components, not only to solve this 
vulnerability but also to avoid rejection of valid certificates.


This vulnerability was reported by Mike Jones from Manchester University 



2012-02-17 Vulnerability reported by Mike Jones
2012-02-17 Acknowledgement from the EGI SVG to the reporter
2012-02-20 Software providers contacted and involved in investigation
2012-02-23 Assessment by the EGI Software Vulnerability Group reported to the 
software providers
2012-04-04 Updated packages available in the EGI UMD
2012-04-04 Public disclosure