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(ITS#7506) Diffie-Hellman parameters (DHParamFile) are improperly handled

Full_Name: Ben Jencks
Version: git master
OS: Linux
URL: ftp://ftp.openldap.org/incoming/
Submission from: (NULL) (2601:8:580:1d:5e6:2c43:96d0:4503)

Both tls_g.c for GnuTLS and tls_o.c for OpenSSL have major problems in their
handling of DHParamFile. Additionally, the documentation is not entirely

For GnuTLS, DH parameters are entirely unimplemented. There appears to be an
attempt at generating them in tlsg_ctx_init, but they're never attached to
ctx->cred, so they're unused. Additionally, the size is hardcoded.

For OpenSSL, there's an attempt to support multiple sizes, but unfortunately
it's misusing the OpenSSL API and only 512 or 1024 bit parameters will ever be
used. The callback with specified size is only useful for export ciphers: the
size isn't negotiated, it's only specified as a maximum when the export flag is
set [1]. You want to specify exactly one size and parameter set.

The documentation refers to a non-existent TLSEphemeralDHParamFile option.

Patches are available below:

I'm a little uncomfortable with leaving a hardcoded parameter set in the OpenSSL
code, but I figured it would break compatibility to remove it. A better solution
(and the one recommended by OpenSSL) is to add parameter generation to the
install scripts. If you'd prefer that, I can modify the patch to get rid of the
hardcoded parameter and just not set a DH on the SSL_CTX without a file

The attached file is derived from OpenLDAP Software. All of the modifications to
OpenLDAP Software represented in the following patch(es) were developed by
Meddius. Meddius has not assigned rights and/or interest in this work to any
party. I, Ben Jencks am authorized by Meddius, my employer, to release this work
under the following terms.

Meddius hereby places the attached modifications to OpenLDAP Software (and only
these modifications) into the public domain. Hence, these modifications may be
freely used and/or redistributed for any purpose with or without attribution
and/or other notice.

[1] http://permalink.gmane.org/gmane.comp.encryption.openssl.user/45805