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USN-3061-1: OpenSSH vulnerabilities

15 August 2016

Several security issues were fixed in OpenSSH.



  • openssh - secure shell (SSH) for secure access to remote machines


Eddie Harari discovered that OpenSSH incorrectly handled password hashing
when authenticating non-existing users. A remote attacker could perform a
timing attack and enumerate valid users. (CVE-2016-6210)

Tomas Kuthan, Andres Rojas, and Javier Nieto discovered that OpenSSH did
not limit password lengths. A remote attacker could use this issue to cause
OpenSSH to consume resources, leading to a denial of service.

Update instructions

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package versions:

Ubuntu 16.04
Ubuntu 14.04
Ubuntu 12.04

In general, a standard system update will make all the necessary changes.