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Why does this prevent the attack? Why doesn't the attacker just infer that the connection failed because of the bad padding? Why else could the connection fail? Well, the connection may fail because the host decrypted a valid pre-master secret, and it wasn't the pre-master secret that we expect. That is, when the attacker injects his encrypted message, ...


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Bleichenbacher's attack relies on being able to determine whether the padding was correct or not. The patch tries to ensure that the following two (previously distinguishable) cases look identical to an attacker: the padding was correct, but the attacker has no knowledge of the transmitted pre-master secret — hence he can't use the resulting symmetric keys ...



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