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Mbed TLS 2.16.10

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@daverodgman daverodgman released this 12 Mar 17:19


This release of Mbed TLS provides bug fixes and minor enhancements. This release includes fixes for security issues.

Default behavior changes

  • In mbedtls_rsa_context objects, the ver field was formerly documented
    as always 0. It is now reserved for internal purposes and may take
    different values.


  • Fix a buffer overflow in mbedtls_mpi_sub_abs() when calculating
    |A| - |B| where |B| is larger than |A| and has more limbs (so the
    function should return MBEDTLS_ERR_MPI_NEGATIVE_VALUE). Only
    applications calling mbedtls_mpi_sub_abs() directly are affected:
    all calls inside the library were safe since this function is
    only called with |A| >= |B|. Reported by Guido Vranken in #4042.
  • Fix an errorneous estimation for an internal buffer in
    mbedtls_pk_write_key_pem(). If MBEDTLS_MPI_MAX_SIZE is set to an odd
    value the function might fail to write a private RSA keys of the largest
    supported size.
    Found by Daniel Otte, reported in #4093 and fixed in #4094,
    backported in #4100.
  • Fix a stack buffer overflow with mbedtls_net_poll() and
    mbedtls_net_recv_timeout() when given a file descriptor that is
    beyond FD_SETSIZE. Reported by FigBug in #4169.
  • Guard against strong local side channel attack against base64 tables by
    making access aceess to them use constant flow code. (CVE-2021-24119)


  • Fix an incorrect error code if an RSA private operation glitched.
  • Fix a resource leak in CTR_DRBG and HMAC_DRBG when MBEDTLS_THREADING_C
    is enabled, on platforms where initializing a mutex allocates resources.
    This was a regression introduced in the previous release. Reported in
    #4017, #4045 and #4071.
  • Ensure that calling mbedtls_rsa_free() or mbedtls_entropy_free()
    twice is safe. This happens for RSA when some Mbed TLS library functions
    fail. Such a double-free was not safe when MBEDTLS_THREADING_C was
    enabled on platforms where freeing a mutex twice is not safe.
  • Fix a resource leak in a bad-arguments case of mbedtls_rsa_gen_key()
    when MBEDTLS_THREADING_C is enabled on platforms where initializing
    a mutex allocates resources.
  • This change makes 'mbedtls_x509write_crt_set_basic_constraints'
    consistent with RFC 5280 which says: "Conforming CAs MUST
    include this extension in all CA certificates that contain public keys
    used to validate digital signatures on certificates and MUST mark the
    extension as critical in such certificates." Previous to this change,
    the extension was always marked as non-critical. This was fixed by

Who should update

We recommend all users should update to take advantage of the bug fixes contained in this release at an appropriate point in their development lifecycle.


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