openssh (SSA:2006-272-02)
Posted on: 09/29/2006 11:59 AM

New openssh packages are available for Slackware 8.1, 9.0, 9.1, 10.0, 10.1, 10.2, and -current to fix security issues.

More details about these issues may be found in the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) database:

Here are the details from the Slackware 10.2 ChangeLog:
Upgraded to openssh-4.4p1.
This fixes a few security related issues. From the release notes found at
* Fix a pre-authentication denial of service found by Tavis Ormandy,
that would cause sshd(8) to spin until the login grace time
* Fix an unsafe signal hander reported by Mark Dowd. The signal
handler was vulnerable to a race condition that could be exploited
to perform a pre-authentication denial of service. On portable
OpenSSH, this vulnerability could theoretically lead to
pre-authentication remote code execution if GSSAPI authentication
is enabled, but the likelihood of successful exploitation appears
* On portable OpenSSH, fix a GSSAPI authentication abort that could
be used to determine the validity of usernames on some platforms.
Links to the CVE entries will be found here:
After this upgrade, make sure the permissions on /etc/rc.d/rc.sshd are set
the way you want them. Future upgrades will respect the existing permissions
settings. Thanks to Manuel Reimer for pointing out that upgrading openssh
would enable a previously disabled sshd daemon.
Do better checking of passwd, shadow, and group to avoid adding
redundant entries to these files. Thanks to Menno Duursma.
(* Security fix *)

Where to find the new packages:

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Thanks to the friendly folks at the OSU Open Source Lab
( for donating additional FTP and rsync hosting
to the Slackware project! :-)

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Updated package for Slackware 8.1:

Updated package for Slackware 9.0:

Updated package for Slackware 9.1:

Updated package for Slackware 10.0:

Updated package for Slackware 10.1:

Updated package for Slackware 10.2:

Updated package for Slackware -current:

MD5 signatures:

Slackware 8.1 package:
0a42fb286fd722f019dfc5f167d69ced openssh-4.4p1-i386-1_slack8.1.tgz

Slackware 9.0 package:
92563664845d902251d7b19254b3dda1 openssh-4.4p1-i386-1_slack9.0.tgz

Slackware 9.1 package:
5814a00eefa0b1e1fe7673862525788e openssh-4.4p1-i486-1_slack9.1.tgz

Slackware 10.0 package:
24ce8b2013b8759a173e5ccd7db54289 openssh-4.4p1-i486-1_slack10.0.tgz

Slackware 10.1 package:
e7950e6a357871092514ce07051f055e openssh-4.4p1-i486-1_slack10.1.tgz

Slackware 10.2 package:
b8d2d67276a662de40d6adf9bfe00bce openssh-4.4p1-i486-1_slack10.2.tgz

Slackware -current package:
6f2c30b503db9685180af6f4a87eadcc openssh-4.4p1-i486-1.tgz

Installation instructions:

Upgrade the package as root:
# upgradepkg openssh-4.4p1-i486-1_slack10.2.tgz

If you are running an sshd daemon, restart it:

sh /etc/rc.d/rc.sshd restart


Slackware Linux Security Team

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