Nortel Networks Information for VU#830214

Nortel Networks Contivity VPN Client information leakage vulnerability

Status

Affected

Vendor Statement

1 The Contivity VPN Client uses a proprietary hash for transmitting

the user name in order to avoid sending the user name in the clear
2 - As always, we recommend safe user name and password practices to
safeguard against brute force attacks.
For more information on strong password practices refer to Appendix 1
of the Nortel Networks document ortel Networks Baseline Security
Standardswhich can be downloaded at Nortel Networks: Secure
Networking - Securing the Network Infrastructure
For enhanced security, we recommend public key authentication.

Even though this issue has been addressed in Contivity VPN Client v
5.01 (the same error message of  "Login Failure due to:
authentication failure" is displayed for both error entries)
sophisticated users could still guess if a request is rejected
because of wrong UID or wrong password by observing the IKE
aggressive mode exchanges. Overall, this vulnerability is inherent in
IKE aggressive mode protocol and cannot be fixed without using
another method.  Our recommendation is to use digital certificates
for authentication, which uses main mode IKE.
Customers that implement the V5.01 client in order to avoid the
explicitly different message display should also implement client
version control to avoid allowing users with previous versions of the
client the ability to authenticate.
This issue was also addressed in CERT Vulnerability Note VU#886601

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor References

None

Addendum

Nortel reports that this issue is resolved in Contivity VPN Client for Windows versions V5.01_030 and later. Users are encouraged to review the information provided by the vendor and upgrade to the fixed version of the software.

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