Ubuntu 14.04 LTS : OpenSSH vulnerabilities (USN-2966-1)

critical Nessus Plugin ID 91086


The remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security updates.


Shayan Sadigh discovered that OpenSSH incorrectly handled environment files when the UseLogin feature is enabled. A local attacker could use this issue to gain privileges. (CVE-2015-8325)

Ben Hawkes discovered that OpenSSH incorrectly handled certain network traffic. A remote attacker could possibly use this issue to cause OpenSSH to crash, resulting in a denial of service. This issue only applied to Ubuntu 15.10. (CVE-2016-1907)

Thomas Hoger discovered that OpenSSH incorrectly handled untrusted X11 forwarding when the SECURITY extension is disabled. A connection configured as being untrusted could get switched to trusted in certain scenarios, contrary to expectations. (CVE-2016-1908)

It was discovered that OpenSSH incorrectly handled certain X11 forwarding data. A remote authenticated attacker could possibly use this issue to bypass certain intended command restrictions.

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Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 91086

File Name: ubuntu_USN-2966-1.nasl

Version: 2.15

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 5/12/2016

Updated: 10/23/2023

Supported Sensors: Frictionless Assessment AWS, Frictionless Assessment Azure, Frictionless Assessment Agent, Nessus Agent, Agentless Assessment, Nessus

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.7


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 5.9

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2016-1908


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 9.8

Temporal Score: 8.8

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:P/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:openssh-server, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:openssh-server-udeb, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:openssh-sftp-server, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:ssh, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:ssh-askpass-gnome, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:ssh-krb5, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.04:-:lts, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:openssh-client, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:openssh-client-udeb

Required KB Items: Host/cpu, Host/Debian/dpkg-l, Host/Ubuntu, Host/Ubuntu/release

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 5/9/2016

Vulnerability Publication Date: 1/19/2016

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2015-8325, CVE-2016-1907, CVE-2016-1908, CVE-2016-3115

USN: 2966-1