Null pointer dereference in PKCS12 parsing in pypi/cryptography


GHSA-9v9h-cgj8-h64p, CVE-2024-0727

Package Slug



Null pointer dereference in PKCS12 parsing


Issue summary: Processing a maliciously formatted PKCS12 file may lead OpenSSL to crash leading to a potential Denial of Service attack

Impact summary: Applications loading files in the PKCS12 format from untrusted sources might terminate abruptly.

A file in PKCS12 format can contain certificates and keys and may come from an untrusted source. The PKCS12 specification allows certain fields to be NULL, but OpenSSL does not correctly check for this case. This can lead to a NULL pointer dereference that results in OpenSSL crashing. If an application processes PKCS12 files from an untrusted source using the OpenSSL APIs then that application will be vulnerable to this issue.

OpenSSL APIs that is vulnerable to this are: PKCS12parse(), PKCS12unpackp7data(), PKCS12unpackp7encdata(), PKCS12unpackauthsafes() and PKCS12newpass().

We have also fixed a similar issue in SMIMEwritePKCS7(). However since this function is related to writing data we do not consider it security significant.

The FIPS modules in 3.2, 3.1 and 3.0 are not affected by this issue.

Affected Versions

All versions before 42.0.2


Upgrade to version 42.0.2 or above.

Last Modified