Debian OpenSSH/OpenSSL Package Random Number Generator Weakness

critical Nessus Plugin ID 32314


The remote SSH host keys are weak.


The remote SSH host key has been generated on a Debian or Ubuntu system which contains a bug in the random number generator of its OpenSSL library.

The problem is due to a Debian packager removing nearly all sources of entropy in the remote version of OpenSSL.

An attacker can easily obtain the private part of the remote key and use this to set up decipher the remote session or set up a man in the middle attack.


Consider all cryptographic material generated on the remote host to be guessable. In particuliar, all SSH, SSL and OpenVPN key material should be re-generated.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 32314

File Name: ssh_debian_weak.nasl

Version: 1.20

Type: remote

Published: 5/14/2008

Updated: 11/15/2018

Risk Information


Risk Factor: High

Score: 7.4


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 10

Temporal Score: 8.3

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

Vulnerability Information

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Exploitable With

Core Impact

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-0166

BID: 29179

CWE: 310