OpenSSL update assessment, and Node.js project plans

Rafael Gonzaga


The OpenSSL Security releases of May 3 2022 affects Node.js 17.x and 18.x but highest serverity is "Low"


Our assessment of the security advisory is:

The c_rehash script allows command injection (CVE-2022-1292)

Node.js doesn't use or ship the c_rehash script. Therefore, Node.js is not affected

OCSP_basic_verify may incorrectly verify the response signing certificate (CVE-2022-1343)

Node.js doesn't call OCSP_basic_verify with the custom flag OCSP_NOCHECKS. Node.js is not affected.

Incorrect MAC key used in the RC4-MD5 ciphersuite (CVE-2022-1434)

Node.js does not compile with --enable-weak-ssl-ciphers, therefore, Node.js is not affected.

Resource leakage when decoding certificates and keys (CVE-2022-1473)

Node.js 17.x and 18.x are affected by this CVE which is rated "Low".

Given this assessment, the OpenSSL updates for Node.js will be delievered through the regular Node.js release cycle with releases scheduled by the end of May.

Contact and future updates

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