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OpenSSH Security Advisory

Nov 13, 2000, 23:44 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Markus Friedl)
Date: Mon, 13 Nov 2000 21:13:18 +0100
From: Markus Friedl markus.friedl@INFORMATIK.UNI-ERLANGEN.DE
Subject: OpenSSH Security Advisory (adv.fwd)

Hostile servers can force OpenSSH clients to do agent or X11 forwarding

1. Systems affected:

        All versions of OpenSSH prior to 2.3.0 are affected.

2. Description:

        If agent or X11 forwarding is disabled in the ssh client
        configuration, the client does not request these features
        during session setup.  This is the correct behaviour.

        However, when the ssh client receives an actual request
        asking for access to the ssh-agent, the client fails to
        check whether this feature has been negotiated during session
        setup.  The client does not check whether the request is in
        compliance with the client configuration and grants access
        to the ssh-agent.  A similar problem exists in the X11
        forwarding implementation.

3. Impact:

        Hostile servers can access your X11 display or your ssh-agent.

4. Short Term Solution:

        Clear both the $DISPLAY and the $SSH_AUTH_SOCK variable
        before connecting to untrusted hosts:

                % unset SSH_AUTH_SOCK; unset DISPLAY; ssh host

5. Solution:

        Upgrade to OpenSSH-2.3.0 or apply the attached patch.
        OpenSSH-2.3.0 is available from www.openssh.com.

6. Credits:

        Thanks to Jacob Langseth jwl@pobox.com for pointing
        out the X11 forwarding issue.


Patch against openssh-2.2.0

--- /openssh-2.2.0/clientloop.c Sun Aug 20 00:21:19 2000
+++ ssh/clientloop.c    Fri Nov 10 13:54:42 2000
@@ -32,6 +32,8 @@
 #include "buffer.h"
 #include "bufaux.h"

+extern Options options;
 /* Flag indicating that stdin should be redirected from /dev/null. */
 extern int stdin_null_flag;

@@ -750,7 +752,6 @@
 client_loop(int have_pty, int escape_char_arg, int ssh2_chan_id)
-       extern Options options;
        double start_time, total_time;
        int len;
        char buf[100];
@@ -993,7 +994,7 @@
        debug("client_input_channel_open: ctype %s rchan %d win %d max %d",
            ctype, rchan, rwindow, rmaxpack);

-       if (strcmp(ctype, "x11") == 0) {
+       if (strcmp(ctype, "x11") == 0 && options.forward_x11) {
                int sock;
                char *originator;
                int originator_port;
@@ -1066,11 +1067,14 @@
        dispatch_set(SSH_MSG_CHANNEL_OPEN_CONFIRMATION, &channel_input_open_confirmation);
        dispatch_set(SSH_MSG_CHANNEL_OPEN_FAILURE, &channel_input_open_failure);
        dispatch_set(SSH_MSG_PORT_OPEN, &channel_input_port_open);
-       dispatch_set(SSH_SMSG_AGENT_OPEN, &auth_input_open_request);
        dispatch_set(SSH_SMSG_EXITSTATUS, &client_input_exit_status);
        dispatch_set(SSH_SMSG_STDERR_DATA, &client_input_stderr_data);
        dispatch_set(SSH_SMSG_STDOUT_DATA, &client_input_stdout_data);
-       dispatch_set(SSH_SMSG_X11_OPEN, &x11_input_open);
+       dispatch_set(SSH_SMSG_AGENT_OPEN, options.forward_agent ?
+           &auth_input_open_request : NULL);
+       dispatch_set(SSH_SMSG_X11_OPEN, options.forward_x11 ?
+           &x11_input_open : NULL);