Vulnerability Note VU#40327

OpenSSH UseLogin option allows remote execution of commands as root

Original Release date: 05 Nov 2001 | Last revised: 05 Nov 2001


Versions of OpenSSH prior to 2.1.1 (current circa June, 2000) allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary commands with the privileges of sshd, typically root.


OpenSSH is a free implementation of versions 1 and 2 of the SSH protocol. If sshd is configured with the UseLogin option, it attempts to use login(1) to authenticate the user. However, is ssh is used to execute a command, the command is run with the privileges of sshd, typically root. UseLogin is not enabled by default.


Remote attackers can run arbitrary commands as root on systems with UseLogin enabled.


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Systems Affected (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
OpenSSHAffected-05 Nov 2001
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Our thanks to Markus Friedl who reported this information.

This document was written by Shawn V Hernan.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: CVE-2000-0525
  • Date Public: 09 Jun 2000
  • Date First Published: 05 Nov 2001
  • Date Last Updated: 05 Nov 2001
  • Severity Metric: 31.50
  • Document Revision: 5


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