OpenSSH 6.8p1 - 7.x < 7.1p2 ssh_packet_read_poll2() Packet Handling DoS

medium Nessus Plugin ID 90924
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The SSH server running on the remote host is affected by a denial of service vulnerability.


According to its banner, the version of OpenSSH running on the remote host is 6.x equal to or greater than 6.8p1 or 7.x prior to 7.1p2. It is, therefore, affected by a denial of service vulnerability due to an out-of-bounds read error that occurs when handling packets. A remote attacker can exploit this to crash the service or disclose memory contents.

Note that Nessus has not tested for this issue but has instead relied only on the application's self-reported version number.


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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 90924

File Name: openssh_71p2.nasl

Version: 1.5

Type: remote

Family: Misc.

Published: 5/5/2016

Updated: 11/20/2019

Dependencies: ssh_detect.nasl

Configuration: Enable paranoid mode

Risk Information

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2016-1907


Risk Factor: Low

Score: 1.4


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 3.7

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

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


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 5.3

Temporal Score: 4.6

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:openbsd:openssh

Required KB Items: Settings/ParanoidReport

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 1/14/2016

Vulnerability Publication Date: 1/14/2016

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-1907

BID: 81293