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OpenSSH UseLogin option allows remote execution of commands as root

Vulnerability Note VU#40327

Original Release Date: 2001-11-05 | Last Revised: 2001-11-05


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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Vendor Information

Affected   Unknown   Unaffected


Updated:  November 05, 2001



Vendor Statement


Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.


The CERT/CC has no additional comments at this time.

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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
Severity Metric: 31.50
Date Public: 2000-06-09
Date First Published: 2001-11-05
Date Last Updated: 2001-11-05 18:59 UTC
Document Revision: 5

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