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OpenSSH < 3.0.2 UseLogin Environment Variable Local Command Execution

High

Synopsis

The remote host is vulnerable to a flaw that allows for the bypassing of authentication.

Description

The remote host is running a version of OpenSSH that is older than 3.0.2. Versions prior than 3.0.2 are vulnerable to an environment variables export that can allow a local user to execute command with root privileges. This problem affects only versions prior than 3.0.2 when the UseLogin feature is enabled (usually disabled by default).

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.

Solution

Upgrade to OpenSSH 3.0.2 or higher.