[Bug 3470] New: Cannot run SSH with a different effective userid

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            Bug ID: 3470
           Summary: Cannot run SSH with a different effective userid
           Product: Portable OpenSSH
           Version: v9.0p1
          Hardware: 68k
                OS: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: enhancement
          Priority: P5
         Component: ssh
          Assignee: unassigned-bugs at mindrot.org
          Reporter: jbien at cisco.com

Trying to run ssh from a setuid application, but it always tries to use
the .ssh directory for the real user (which it cannot read), instead of
the effective user.

ssh.c is hard-coded to always use the UID to determine the home
     pw = getpwuid(getuid());

Is there a security concern with allowing the user to specify their
.ssh folder?   Or at least use geteuid() instead of getuid()?

Documentation made me believe the homedir was based on the USER
environment variable ("USER    Set to the path of the user's home
directory"), but now I see the ENVIRONMENT section of the manpage
specifies the variables it sets (unlike most ENVIRONMENT sections that
mention variables that effect the operation).

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