downright rude, but that is OK because Compaq is retiring him. Except for Solar Designer, I think none of them has helped the OpenSSH portable developers make privsep work better on their systems. Apparently Solar Designer is the only person who understands the need for this stuff.
So, if vendors would JUMP and get it working better, and send us patches IMMEDIATELY, we can perhaps make a 3.3.1p release on Friday which supports these systems better. So send patches by Thursday night please. Then on Tuesday or Wednesday the complete bug report with patches (and exploits soon after I am sure) will hit BUGTRAQ.
Let me repeat: even if the bug exists in a privsep'd sshd, it is not exploitable. Clearly we cannot yet publish what the bug is, or provide anyone with the real patch, but we can try to get maximum deployement of privsep, and therefore make it hurt less when the problem is published.
So please push your vendor to get us maximally working privsep patches as soon as possible!
We've given most vendors since Friday last week until Thursday to get privsep working well for you so that when the announcement comes out next week their customers are immunized. That is nearly a full week (but they have already wasted a weekend and a Monday). Really I think this is the best we can hope to do (this thing will eventually leak, at which point the details will be published).
Customers can judge their vendors by how they respond to this issue.
Olaf Kirch from SuSE Security team noted the following on suse-security-announce mailing list:
There's a new vulnerabiltiy in the OpenSSH daemon. The OpenSSH/OpenBSD team does not release any details concerning this issue, except:
- This bug still exists in the most recent version, 3.3
- They are asking all users to upgrade to version 3.3 (sic), and enable the PrivilegeSeparation option.
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