TWSL2011-014: Vulnerability in Pantech Web Browser SSL Implementation

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Subject: TWSL2011-014: Vulnerability in Pantech Web Browser SSL Implementation

Trustwave's SpiderLabs Security Advisory TWSL2011-014:
Vulnerability in Pantech Web Browser SSL Implementation

Published: 2011-09-23
Version: 1.0

Vendor: Pantech (
Product: Link P7040P, others may be vulnerable
Version affected: JLUS040201 confirmed, others may be vulnerable

Product description:
The Pantech Link is a mobile phone supporting a 2.4" LCD screen and full
keyboard that facilitates simple text messaging.

Credit: Paul Kehrer of Trustwave SpiderLabs

Finding: Vulnerability in Pantech Web Browser SSL Implementation

Pantech Link/P7040P browser SSL certificate parsing contains a flaw where
it fails to check the Basic Constraints parameter of certificates in the

By signing a new certificate using a legitimate end entity certificate,
an attacker can obtain a "valid" certificate for any domain. For example:

-TrustedCA (legitimate certificate) (signed by

Using this technique any SSL traffic using the
certificate can be intercepted transparently to the end user if the
attacker is in control of the network.

Revision History:
08/12/11 - Vulnerability Disclosed
09/23/11 - Advisory Published

Remediation Steps:
This vulnerability has not been addressed at the time of this advisory.
Mobile users should be aware of this issue and proceed with caution when
transmitting SSL traffic.

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