Hi Everyone, This made my radar recently: https://eprint.iacr.org/2021/923.pdf. The interesting thing about the attack is, App A is considered secure in isolation, and App B is considered secure in isolation, but when interacting App A and B produce an insecure result.
We've seen bad interactions among components within the same app before, like incorrectly combining authentication and encryption. But in this case it is not the same app. Rather, the vulnerability is a product of two distinct apps using slightly different implementation details sharing data. I'm wondering if there's a CVE to cover the scenario. Looking through existing CVEs I don't see one that jumps out at me. ----- Here's from the abstract of the paper: ... ElGamal encryption has been used in many different contexts, chiefly among them by the OpenPGP standard. Despite its simplicity, or perhaps because of it, in reality there is a large degree of ambiguity on several key aspects of the cipher. Each library in the OpenPGP ecosystem seems to have implemented a slightly different “flavour” of ElGamal encryption. While –taken in isolation– each implementation may be secure, we reveal that in the interoperable world of OpenPGP, unforeseen cross-configuration attacks become possible. Concretely, we propose different such attacks and show their practical efficacy by recovering plaintexts and even secret keys.