PuTTY: Pre-authentication arbitrary code execution — GLSA 200408-04

PuTTY contains a vulnerability allowing a SSH server to execute arbitrary code on the connecting client.

Affected Packages

net-misc/putty on all architectures
Affected versions <= 0.54
Unaffected versions >= 0.55

Background

PuTTY is a free implementation of Telnet and SSH for Win32 and Unix platforms, along with an xterm terminal emulator.

Description

PuTTY contains a vulnerability allowing a malicious server to execute arbitrary code on the connecting client before host key verification.

Impact

When connecting to a server using the SSH2 protocol an attacker is able to execute arbitrary code with the permissions of the user running PuTTY by sending specially crafted packets to the client during the authentication process but before host key verification.

Workaround

There is no known workaround at this time. All users are encouraged to upgrade to the latest available version of PuTTY.

Resolution

All PuTTY users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge sync
 
 # emerge -pv ">=net-misc/putty-0.55"
 # emerge ">=net-misc/putty-0.55"

References

Release Date
August 05, 2004

Latest Revision
May 22, 2006: 03

Severity
normal

Exploitable
remote

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