OpenSSH < 3.2.1 AFS/Kerberos Ticket/Token Passing Overflow

High Nessus Network Monitor Plugin ID 1989


The remote host is vulnerable to a buffer overflow.


The remote host is running a version of OpenSSH older than OpenSSH 3.2.1. A buffer overflow exists in the daemon if AFS is enabled on your system, or if the options KerberosTgtPassing or AFSTokenPassing are enabled. Even in this scenario, the vulnerability may be avoided by enabling UsePrivilegeSeparation. Versions prior to 2.9.9 are vulnerable to a remote root exploit. Versions prior to 3.2.1 are vulnerable to a local root exploit.

Note: PVS has solely relied on the banner of the SSH client to perform this check. Any backported patches or workarounds such as recompiling or edited configurations are not observable through the banner.


Upgrade to version 3.2.1 or higher.

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 1989

Family: SSH

Published: 2004/08/20

Modified: 2016/11/23

Dependencies: 1997, 3059

Nessus ID: 10954

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.2

Temporal Score: 6

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:F/RL:OF/RC:C


Base Score: 8.4

Temporal Score: 7.8


Temporal Vector: CVSS3#E:F/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:openbsd:openssh

Exploitable With

Core Impact

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2002-0083, CVE-2002-0575

BID: 4560, 4241