[Bug 1469] New: Should sshd detect and reject vulnerable SSH keys (re: Debian DSA-1571 and DSA-1576)

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           Summary: Should sshd detect and reject vulnerable SSH keys (re:
                    Debian DSA-1571 and DSA-1576)
    Classification: Unclassified
           Product: Portable OpenSSH
           Version: 5.0p1
          Platform: All
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: sshd
        AssignedTo: bitbucket at mindrot.org
        ReportedBy: davee at ceu.ox.ac.uk

Debian/Ubuntu have added additional components to their openssh-*
packages which detect (and, on the server side, reject) vulnerable SSH
keys as a result of the broken random number generatation.


Given that such vulnerable keys might have been uploaded to *any*
ssh-running OS, should similar detection be built into openssh
directly?  It would seem odd that as a result of this vulnerability
becoming public that Debian and Ubuntu sshd servers are (once updated)
*more* secure than those running on other OSes, because the Debian and
Ubuntu servers now reject attempts to connect with those vulnerable

I've done some searching around this bugtracker and mailing list
archives, but can't even find *discussion* of this issue.

Alternatively, please tell me why such a modification to openssh would
be a really bad idea - I can then refer to this bug in other contexts
explaining why it isn't going to be done :-)

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