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SSRT3588 (Tru64/ssh) Security Bulletin
From: Webb, Nigel (SSRT) (nigelwebbhp.com)
Date: Tue Aug 26 2003 - 09:10:06 CDT
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SSRT3588 - (Tru64) A Potential Security Vulnerability With ssh
NOTICE: There are no restrictions for distribution of this
Bulletin provided that it remains complete and intact.
RELEASE DATE: 25 August 2003
SOURCE: HEWLETT-PACKARD COMPANY
Software Security Response Team
A potential security vulnerability may exist where HP Tru64
UNIX running ssh could allow local or remote users to gain
unauthorized privileged access because ssh (Secure Shell)
incorrectly handled RSA signatures when using digital
certificates and RSA keys.
HP Tru64 UNIX 5.1B PK2 (BL22)
HP Tru64 UNIX 5.1A (all Base Levels)
HP Tru64 UNIX 5.1A
An updated version of ssh containing the corrections for this
potential security vulnerability is available for download for
Tru64 UNIX 5.1A systems, from the following location:
HP Tru64 UNIX 5.1B
The correction for Tru64 UNIX 5.1B will be available in the
next aggregate patch kit , 5.1B PK3. Until the next aggregate
patch kit for 5.1B is available, HP recommends using the DSA
algorithm workaround as outlined below.
HP recommends using the DSA algorithm rather than the RSA
algorithm until such time the vulnerability is corrected.
The workaround for 5.1B is to use DSA, the default public key
algorithm, and other user authentication methods that are not
affected by the potential vulnerability.
To choose the DSA algorithm rather than the RSA algorithm when
generating host or client key pairs, either specify the
"-t dsa" or, since DSA is the default, just don't specify the
- -t option at all.
Example for explicitly specifying DSA:
# ssh-keygen2 -t dsa
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As always, HP urges you to periodically review your system
management and security procedures. HP will continue to review
and enhance the security features of its products and work with
our customers to maintain and improve the security and integrity
of their systems.
"HP is broadly distributing this Security Bulletin in order to
bring to the attention of users of the affected HP products the
important security information contained in this Bulletin.
HP recommends that all users determine the applicability of this
information to their individual situations and take appropriate
action. HP does not warrant that this information is necessarily
accurate or complete for all user situations and, consequently,
HP will not be responsible for any damages resulting from user's
use or disregard of the information provided in this Bulletin."
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