ASN.1 Anyone? CVE-2016-5080
Last Updated: 2016-07-19 23:49:54 UTC
by Richard Porter (Version: 1)
*Queue Back to the Future Music* Over more than a decade ago there was a major discovery in ASN.1 that contributed to arguably one of the worst vulnerabilities in a long time. Fast forward *Queue awful fast forward tape music* to 2016 and ASN.1 is here again. Please reference this link https://github.com/programa-stic/security-advisories/tree/master/ObjSys/CVE-2016-5080 for the major details as this unfolds regarding CVE-2016-5080.
So far, according to the CERT page  for vendors reporting in and so far our winners of the ASN.1 award seem to be Objective Systems and Qualcomm Incorporated are reporting impact from CVE-2016-5080. Honeywell and Hewlett Packard Enterprise are reporting “Not Affected”. Many other vendors are in an unknown state.
Wait Richard, what the h^&& is ASN.1?  ASN.1 is a standard that is jointly maintained and governed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and International Telecommunication Union (ITU-T). It is a syntax notation that makes up rules for encoding, transmitting, and decoding data . Basically, it does A LOT of stuff and it is EVERYWHERE *a slightly panicked tone*.
Please review this CVE (CVE-2016-5080) and monitor it closely. We at the storm center will monitor this and update it as it unfolds.