Condor users can use public key certificates as a means of authentication when using the GSI or SSL authentication methods. It is possible to spoof a signature if a PKCS #1 1.5 signature with an RSA key of exponent 3 is used. This can lead to identity spoofing through the use of a malformed signature. The use of this particular type of key seems to be rare.

Component Vulnerable Versions Platform Availability Fix Available
all Condor daemons all 6.6 & 6.7
all not known to be publicly available 6.8.1 -
Status Access Required Host Type Required Effort Required Impact/Consequences
Verified remote ordinary user any host med high
Fixed Date Credit
2006-Sep-19 n/a

Access Required:

remote ordinary user

This vulnerability requires network access to Condor daemons, that Condor be configured to use certificate based authentication, and that the certificates use an RSA key of exponent 3.

Effort Required:


To exploit this vulnerability requires the use of a GSI or SSL authentication method with a certificate using an RSA key with exponent 3. If one of these certificates is used, it is relatively easy to spoof the signature. This type of certificate seems to be rarely used.



If this type of certificate is used, the impact can be high because any user except root can potentially be spoofed.



OpenSSL Security Advisory

Full Details:


See references.


3rd party security flaw

The cause of this is a vulnerability in the OpenSSL library used by Condor.

Proposed Fix:


Upgrade OpenSSL library, or apply the patch from OpenSSL.

Actual Fix:


OpenSSL patch was applied.



This research funded in part by National Science Foundation under subcontract with San Diego Supercomputer Center.