Bug 809938 (CVE-2011-5000) - CVE-2011-5000 openssh: post-authentication resource exhaustion bug via GSSAPI
Summary: CVE-2011-5000 openssh: post-authentication resource exhaustion bug via GSSAPI
Alias: CVE-2011-5000
Product: Security Response
Classification: Other
Component: vulnerability
Version: unspecified
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Red Hat Product Security
QA Contact:
Depends On: 809939 813196
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Reported: 2012-04-04 17:19 UTC by Vincent Danen
Modified: 2021-02-24 12:46 UTC (History)
6 users (show)

Fixed In Version: openssh 5.9
Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2015-03-05 12:42:14 UTC

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System ID Private Priority Status Summary Last Updated
Red Hat Product Errata RHSA-2012:0884 0 normal SHIPPED_LIVE Low: openssh security, bug fix, and enhancement update 2012-06-19 19:28:43 UTC

Description Vincent Danen 2012-04-04 17:19:40 UTC
Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures assigned an identifier CVE-2011-5000 to
the following vulnerability:

Name: CVE-2011-5000
URL: http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2011-5000
Assigned: 20111224
Reference: FULLDISC:20110801 Useless OpenSSH resources exhausion bug via GSSAPI
Reference: http://seclists.org/fulldisclosure/2011/Aug/2
Reference: http://site.pi3.com.pl/adv/ssh_1.txt

The ssh_gssapi_parse_ename function in gss-serv.c in OpenSSH 5.8 and
earlier, when gssapi-with-mic authentication is enabled, allows remote
authenticated users to cause a denial of service (memory consumption)
via a large value in a certain length field.  NOTE: there may be
limited scenarios in which this issue is relevant.

The upstream fix for this is here:


Also note that this is a POST-authentication bug, meaning that an attacker would need to have valid credentials to successfully authenticate to the server in order to exploit this.  If a user already has the ability to log into the server, there are a number of other mechanisms that could be exploited (arguably easier) to consume excessive resources on the server.

Comment 1 Vincent Danen 2012-04-04 17:21:31 UTC


Comment 2 Vincent Danen 2012-04-04 17:22:10 UTC
Created openssh tracking bugs for this issue

Affects: fedora-all [bug 809939]

Comment 6 errata-xmlrpc 2012-06-20 07:17:43 UTC
This issue has been addressed in following products:

  Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6

Via RHSA-2012:0884 https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2012-0884.html

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