Portable OpenSSH ssh-keysign ssh-rand-helper Utility File Descriptor Leak Local Information Disclosure

low Nessus Plugin ID 53841


Local attackers may be able to access sensitive information.


According to its banner, the version of OpenSSH running on the remote host is earlier than 5.8p2. Such versions may be affected by a local information disclosure vulnerability that could allow the contents of the host's private key to be accessible by locally tracing the execution of the ssh-keysign utility. Having the host's private key may allow the impersonation of the host.

Note that installations are only vulnerable if ssh-rand-helper was enabled during the build process, which is not the case for *BSD, OS X, Cygwin and Linux.


Upgrade to Portable OpenSSH 5.8p2 or later.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Low

ID: 53841

File Name: openssh_58p2.nasl

Version: 1.6

Type: remote

Family: Misc.

Published: 5/9/2011

Updated: 7/16/2018

Supported Sensors: Nessus

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Low

Score: 3.4


Risk Factor: Low

Base Score: 2.1

Temporal Score: 1.6

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:openbsd:openssh

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 5/3/2011

Vulnerability Publication Date: 5/3/2011

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2011-4327

BID: 47691

Secunia: 44347