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Security Bulletin: Vulnerabilities in OpenSSH affect IBM i (CVE-2016-0777, CVE-2016-0778).

Security Bulletin


An information leak flaw and buffer overflow flaw in the way the OpenSSH client roaming feature was implemented affects IBM i.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2016-0777
DESCRIPTION: OpenSSH could allow a remote attacker to obtain sensitive information, caused by a client information leak from using the roaming connection feature. By persuading a victim to connect to a malicious server, an attacker could exploit this vulnerability to retrieve private cryptographic keys or other sensitive information.
CVSS Base Score: 6.5
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:U/C:H/I:N/A:N)

CVEID: CVE-2016-0778
DESCRIPTION: OpenSSH is vulnerable to a heap-based buffer overflow, caused by improper bounds checking by the packet_write_wait() and ssh_packet_write_wait() API functions when two non-default options: a ProxyCommand and either ForwardAgent or ForwardX11are used. By persuading a victim to connect to a malicious server, a remote attacker could overflow a buffer and execute arbitrary code on the system or cause the application to crash.
CVSS Base Score: 5
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:H/PR:N/UI:R/S:U/C:L/I:L/A:L)

Affected Products and Versions

Releases 6.1, 7.1 and 7.2 of IBM i are affected.


The issue can be fixed by applying a PTF to the IBM i Operating System.

Releases 6.1, 7.1 and 7.2 of IBM i are supported and will be fixed.

The IBM i PTF numbers are:

Release 6.1 – SI59305
Release 7.1 – SI59213
Release 7.2 – SI59204

After applying fix, IBM recommends that you regenerate your SSH keys as a precaution.

Important note: IBM recommends that all users running unsupported versions of affected products upgrade to supported and fixed version of affected products.

Workarounds and Mitigations

None known

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Document Information

Modified date:
18 December 2019