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Re: OpenSSH/PAM timing attack allows remote users identification
From: Ethan Benson <erbenson () alaska net>
Date: Thu, 1 May 2003 01:12:42 -0800

On Wed, Apr 30, 2003 at 04:34:27PM +0200, Marco Ivaldi wrote:
root () voodoo:~# ssh [valid_user] () lab mediaservice net
[valid_user] () lab mediaservice net's password:      <- arbitrary (non-null) string
[2 secs delay]
Permission denied, please try again.

root () voodoo:~# ssh [no_such_user] () lab mediaservice net
[no_such_user] () lab mediaservice net's password:    <- arbitrary (non-null) string
[no delay]
Permission denied, please try again.

ive noticed something similar in its handling of PermitRootLogin, if
this option is set to `no' you get the following behavior:

$ ssh root () host
root () host's password: <- arbitrary (non-null) string
[2 secs delay]
Permission denied, please try again.a

$ ssh root () host
root () host's password:  <- correct root password
[no delay]
Permission denied, please try again.

i haven't checked the current version to see if this is still true. 

i think you also will get no delay if DenyUsers or so is in use for
accounts your testing.

-- 
Ethan Benson
http://www.alaska.net/~erbenson/

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