#VU84537 Inadequate encryption strength in OpenSSH

Published: 2023-12-19 | Updated: 2024-04-16

Vulnerability identifier: #VU84537

Vulnerability risk: Low

CVSSv3.1: 3.2 [CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:H/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:L/A:N/E:U/RL:O/RC:C]

CVE-ID: CVE-2023-48795


Exploitation vector: Network

Exploit availability: No

Vulnerable software:
Server applications / Remote management servers, RDP, SSH

Vendor: OpenSSH


The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to perform MitM attack.

The vulnerability exists due to incorrect implementation of the SSH Binary Packet Protocol (BPP), which mishandles the handshake phase and the use of sequence numbers. A remote attacker can perform MitM attack and delete the SSH2_MSG_EXT_INFO message sent before authentication starts, allowing the attacker to disable a subset of the keystroke timing obfuscation features introduced in OpenSSH 9.5.

The vulnerability was dubbed "Terrapin attack" and it affects both client and server implementations.

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Vulnerable software versions

OpenSSH: 5.0p1 - 9.5p1

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Q & A

Can this vulnerability be exploited remotely?

Yes. This vulnerability can be exploited by a remote non-authenticated attacker via the Internet.

Is there known malware, which exploits this vulnerability?

No. We are not aware of malware exploiting this vulnerability.

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