Oracle Linux 7 : openssh (ELSA-2017-2029)

High Nessus Plugin ID 102296


The remote Oracle Linux host is missing one or more security updates.


From Red Hat Security Advisory 2017:2029 :

An update for openssh is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.

Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having a security impact of Moderate. A Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base score, which gives a detailed severity rating, is available for each vulnerability from the CVE link(s) in the References section.

OpenSSH is an SSH protocol implementation supported by a number of Linux, UNIX, and similar operating systems. It includes the core files necessary for both the OpenSSH client and server.

The following packages have been upgraded to a later upstream version:
openssh (7.4p1). (BZ#1341754)

Security Fix(es) :

* A covert timing channel flaw was found in the way OpenSSH handled authentication of non-existent users. A remote unauthenticated attacker could possibly use this flaw to determine valid user names by measuring the timing of server responses. (CVE-2016-6210)

* It was found that OpenSSH did not limit password lengths for password authentication. A remote unauthenticated attacker could use this flaw to temporarily trigger high CPU consumption in sshd by sending long passwords. (CVE-2016-6515)

* It was found that ssh-agent could load PKCS#11 modules from arbitrary paths. An attacker having control of the forwarded agent-socket on the server, and the ability to write to the filesystem of the client host, could use this flaw to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running ssh-agent. (CVE-2016-10009)

* It was found that the host private key material could possibly leak to the privilege-separated child processes via re-allocated memory. An attacker able to compromise the privilege-separated process could therefore obtain the leaked key information. (CVE-2016-10011)

* It was found that the boundary checks in the code implementing support for pre-authentication compression could have been optimized out by certain compilers. An attacker able to compromise the privilege-separated process could possibly use this flaw for further attacks against the privileged monitor process. (CVE-2016-10012)

Additional Changes :

For detailed information on changes in this release, see the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4 Release Notes linked from the References section.


Update the affected openssh packages.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 102296

File Name: oraclelinux_ELSA-2017-2029.nasl

Version: $Revision: 3.1 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2017/08/09

Modified: 2017/08/09

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.8

Temporal Score: 6.4

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:C

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:F/RL:OF/RC:ND


Base Score: 7.8

Temporal Score: 7.2

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:F/RL:O/RC:X

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:openssh, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:openssh-askpass, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:openssh-cavs, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:openssh-clients, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:openssh-keycat, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:openssh-ldap, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:openssh-server, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:openssh-server-sysvinit, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:pam_ssh_agent_auth, cpe:/o:oracle:linux:7

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/OracleLinux, Host/RedHat/release, Host/RedHat/rpm-list

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2017/08/08

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-10009, CVE-2016-10011, CVE-2016-10012, CVE-2016-6210, CVE-2016-6515

OSVDB: 141586, 142342, 148967, 148968, 148975

RHSA: 2017:2029