AIX OpenSSH Advisory : openssh_advisory6.asc

medium Nessus Plugin ID 86656
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VPR Score: 5.9


The remote AIX host has a version of OpenSSH installed that is affected by multiple vulnerabilities.


The remote AIX host has a version of OpenSSH installed that is affected by the following vulnerabilities :

- A flaw exists in the monitor component when handling extraneous username data in MONITOR_REQ_PAM_INIT_CTX requests. A local attacker can exploit this issue to conduct an impersonation attack, by sending a crafted MONITOR_REQ_PWNAM request that leverages any SSH login access with control of the sshd UID. (CVE-2015-6563)

- A use-after-free error exists in function mm_answer_pam_free_ctx() in the file monitor.c when handling MONITOR_REQ_PAM_FREE_CTX requests. A local attacker can exploit this to gain elevated privileges, by leveraging control of the sshd UID to send an unexpectedly early MONITOR_REQ_PAM_FREE_CTX request.


A fix is available and can be downloaded from the AIX website.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 86656

File Name: aix_openssh_advisory6.nasl

Version: 1.10

Type: local

Published: 10/29/2015

Updated: 1/4/2021

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium

VPR Score: 5.9

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 6.9

Temporal Score: 5.1

Vector: AV:L/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/o:ibm:aix:5.3, cpe:/o:ibm:aix:6.1, cpe:/o:ibm:aix:7.1, cpe:/a:openbsd:openssh

Required KB Items: Host/AIX/lslpp, Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/AIX/version

Patch Publication Date: 10/21/2015

Vulnerability Publication Date: 8/11/2015

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2015-6563, CVE-2015-6564

BID: 76317