FreeBSD : libssh -- weak Diffie-Hellman secret generation (6b3591ea-e2d2-11e5-a6be-5453ed2e2b49)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 89709


The remote FreeBSD host is missing a security-related update.


Andreas Schneider reports :

libssh versions 0.1 and above have a bits/bytes confusion bug and generate an abnormally short ephemeral secret for the diffie-hellman-group1 and diffie-hellman-group14 key exchange methods.
The resulting secret is 128 bits long, instead of the recommended sizes of 1024 and 2048 bits respectively. There are practical algorithms (Baby steps/Giant steps, Pollard's rho) that can solve this problem in O(2^63) operations.

Both client and server are are vulnerable, pre-authentication. This vulnerability could be exploited by an eavesdropper with enough resources to decrypt or intercept SSH sessions. The bug was found during an internal code review by Aris Adamantiadis of the libssh team.


Update the affected package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 89709

File Name: freebsd_pkg_6b3591eae2d211e5a6be5453ed2e2b49.nasl

Version: $Revision: 2.5 $

Type: local

Published: 2016/03/07

Modified: 2017/07/05

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 4.3

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


Base Score: 5.9

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:H/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:N/A:N

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:freebsd:freebsd:libssh, cpe:/o:freebsd:freebsd

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/FreeBSD/release, Host/FreeBSD/pkg_info

Patch Publication Date: 2016/03/05

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2016/02/23

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-0739