OpenSSH < 7.1 PermitRootLogin Bypass Vulnerability

low Nessus Network Monitor Plugin ID 9310


The remote SSH server may be affected by a restriction bypass vulnerability.


OpenSSH contains a logic error in 'PermitRootLogin=' prohibit-password/without-password that is triggered when certain compile-time configurations are used allowing authentication to occur over SSH when it should not be, though the attacker would still require knowledge of valid credentials.

Note: NNM 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 OpenSSH version 7.1 or later.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Low

ID: 9310

Family: SSH

Published: 4/22/2016

Updated: 3/6/2019

Nessus ID: 85690

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Low

Base Score: 2.6

Temporal Score: 1.9

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

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


Risk Factor: Low

Base Score: 3.7

Temporal Score: 3.2

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:openbsd:openssh

Patch Publication Date: 8/21/2015

Vulnerability Publication Date: 8/21/2015