RHEL 3 / 4 : openssh (RHSA-2006:0738)

High Nessus Plugin ID 23683


The remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.


Updated openssh packages that fix an authentication flaw are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 and 4.

This update has been rated as having low security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.

OpenSSH is OpenBSD's SSH (Secure SHell) protocol implementation. This package includes the core files necessary for both the OpenSSH client and server.

An authentication flaw was found in OpenSSH's privilege separation monitor. If it ever becomes possible to alter the behavior of the unprivileged process when OpenSSH is using privilege separation, an attacker may then be able to login without possessing proper credentials. (CVE-2006-5794)

Please note that this flaw by itself poses no direct threat to OpenSSH users. Without another security flaw that could allow an attacker to alter the behavior of OpenSSH's unprivileged process, this flaw cannot be exploited. There are currently no known flaws to exploit this behavior. However, we have decided to issue this erratum to fix this flaw to reduce the security impact if an unprivileged process flaw is ever found.

Users of openssh should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain a backported patch to resolve this issue.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 23683

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2006-0738.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.16 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2006/11/20

Modified: 2016/12/29

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.5

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:openssh, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:openssh-askpass, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:openssh-askpass-gnome, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:openssh-clients, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:openssh-server, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:3, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:4

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

Patch Publication Date: 2006/11/15

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2006/11/08

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2006-5794

OSVDB: 30232

RHSA: 2006:0738