SOT Linux 2003 Advisory: opensshJul 30, 2003, 14:58 (0 Talkback[s])
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SOT Linux Security Advisory
1. Problem description
OpenSSH is a suite of network connectivity tools that can be used to establish encrypted connections between systems on a network and can provide interactive login sessions and port forwarding, among other functions.
When configured to allow password-based or challenge-response authentication, sshd (the OpenSSH server) uses PAM (Pluggable Authentication Modules) to verify the user's password. Under certain conditions, OpenSSH versions prior to 3.6.1p1 reject an invalid authentication attempt without first attempting authentication using PAM.
If PAM is configured with its default failure delay, the amount of time sshd takes to reject an invalid authentication request varies widely enough that the timing variations could be used to deduce whether or not an account with a specified name existed on the server. This information could then be used to narrow the focus of an attack against some other system component.
These updates contain backported fixes that cause sshd to always attempt PAM authentication when performing password and challenge-response authentication for clients.
2. Updated packages
SOT Linux 2003 Desktop:
SOT Linux 2003 Server:
3. Upgrading package
Before applying this update, make sure all previously released errata relevant to your system have been applied.
Use up2date to automatically upgrade the fixed packages.
If you want to upgrade manually, download the updated package from the SOT Linux FTP site (use the links above) or from one of our mirrors. The list of mirrors can be obtained at www.sot.com/en/linux
Update the package with the following command: rpm -Uvh <filename>
All packages are PGP signed by SOT for security.
You can verify each package with the following command: rpm --checksig <filename>
If you wish to verify the integrity of the downloaded package, run "md5sum <filename>" and compare the output with data given below.
Package Name MD5 sum
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