OpenSSH With OpenPAM DoS

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 44073


The SSH server running on the remote host has a denial of service vulnerability.


According to its banner, the version of OpenSSH running on the remote host is affected by a remote denial of service vulnerability. When used with OpenPAM, OpenSSH does not properly handle when a forked child process ends during PAM authentication. This could allow a remote attacker to cause a denial of service by connecting several times to the SSH server, waiting for the password prompt and then disconnecting.


Upgrade to OpenSSH 3.8.1p1 or later.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 44073

File Name: openssh_381p1.nasl

Version: 1.3

Type: remote

Published: 2011/10/04

Updated: 2018/07/16

Dependencies: 10267

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 3.7

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:U/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:openbsd:openssh

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2004/04/19

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2004/04/09

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2006-0883

BID: 16892