OpenSSH signal handler denial of service
|openssh-signalhandler-dos (45202)||Medium Risk|
OpenSSH is vulnerable to a denial of service, caused by the use of functions that are not async-signal-safe by the signal handler. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to cause many processes to freeze, resulting in a denial of service.
Denial of Service
Upgrade to the latest version of OpenSSH (4.3p2-9etch3 or later), available from the OpenSSH Web site. See References.
- Debian Bug report logs - #498678: sigdie must not be called from a signal handler context.
- OpenSSH Web site: OpenSSH.
- CVE-2008-4109: A certain Debian patch for OpenSSH before 4.3p2-9etch3 on etch; before 4.6p1-1 on sid and lenny; and on other distributions such as SUSE uses functions that are not async-signal-safe in the signal handler for login timeouts, which allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (connection slot exhaustion) via multiple login attempts. NOTE: this issue exists because of an incorrect fix for CVE-2006-5051.
- DSA-1638: openssh -- denial of service
- SECTRACK ID: 1020891: OpenSSH on Debian Lets Remote Users Prevent Logins
- SUSE-SR:2008:020: SUSE Security Summary Report
- USN-649-1: OpenSSH vulnerabilities
- Canonical Ubuntu 6.06 LTS
- Canonical Ubuntu 7.04
- Canonical Ubuntu 7.10
- Debian Debian Linux 4.0
- OpenSSH OpenSSH
Sep 12, 2008
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