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vulnerability diagnosis in "nessus" incorrect...
From: Bruce Campbell <bruce () engmail uwaterloo ca>
Date: Sun, 4 Nov 2001 16:20:44 -0500 (EST)

concerning remote root exploit vulnerability in ssh prior to 1.2.32...

vulnerability diagnosis in "nessus" incorrect leading to possible false
sense of security.

As you know, ssh prior to 1.2.32 is vulnerable to remote
root exploit.  The diagnostic from security vulnerability
detector tool www.nessus.org incorrectly identifies the
risk as a command insertion vulnerability.  The difference in
risk is huge, and I believe the false diagnostic from nessus
could give users a false sense of security.



You are running a version of SSH which is older than version 1.2.32, or a
version of OpenSSH which is older than 2.3.0.

This version is vulnerable to a flaw which allows an attacker to insert
arbitrary commands in a ssh stream.

Solution : Upgrade to version 1.2.32 of SSH which solves this problem, or
to version 2.3.0 of OpenSSH


Risk factor : High

Bruce Campbell
Engineering Computing
University of Waterloo
519-888-4567 ext. 5889
PGP Key: http://www.eng.uwaterloo.ca/~bruce/public.txt

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