[openssh-unix-announce] Announce: OpenSSH 8.3 released
djm at openbsd.org
Wed May 27 16:12:59 AEST 2020
OpenSSH 8.3 has just been released. It will be available from the
mirrors listed at https://www.openssh.com/ shortly.
OpenSSH is a 100% complete SSH protocol 2.0 implementation and
includes sftp client and server support.
Once again, we would like to thank the OpenSSH community for their
continued support of the project, especially those who contributed
code or patches, reported bugs, tested snapshots or donated to the
project. More information on donations may be found at:
Future deprecation notice
It is now possible to perform chosen-prefix attacks against the
SHA-1 algorithm for less than USD$50K. For this reason, we will be
disabling the "ssh-rsa" public key signature algorithm by default in a
This algorithm is unfortunately still used widely despite the
existence of better alternatives, being the only remaining public key
signature algorithm specified by the original SSH RFCs.
The better alternatives include:
* The RFC8332 RSA SHA-2 signature algorithms rsa-sha2-256/512. These
algorithms have the advantage of using the same key type as
"ssh-rsa" but use the safe SHA-2 hash algorithms. These have been
supported since OpenSSH 7.2 and are already used by default if the
client and server support them.
* The ssh-ed25519 signature algorithm. It has been supported in
OpenSSH since release 6.5.
* The RFC5656 ECDSA algorithms: ecdsa-sha2-nistp256/384/521. These
have been supported by OpenSSH since release 5.7.
To check whether a server is using the weak ssh-rsa public key
algorithm, for host authentication, try to connect to it after
removing the ssh-rsa algorithm from ssh(1)'s allowed list:
ssh -oHostKeyAlgorithms=-ssh-rsa user at host
If the host key verification fails and no other supported host key
types are available, the server software on that host should be
A future release of OpenSSH will enable UpdateHostKeys by default
to allow the client to automatically migrate to better algorithms.
Users may consider enabling this option manually. Vendors of devices
that implement the SSH protocol should ensure that they support the
new signature algorithms for RSA keys.
 "SHA-1 is a Shambles: First Chosen-Prefix Collision on SHA-1 and
Application to the PGP Web of Trust" Leurent, G and Peyrin, T
* scp(1): when receiving files, scp(1) could be become desynchronised
if a utimes(2) system call failed. This could allow file contents
to be interpreted as file metadata and thereby permit an adversary
to craft a file system that, when copied with scp(1) in a
configuration that caused utimes(2) to fail (e.g. under a SELinux
policy or syscall sandbox), transferred different file names and
contents to the actual file system layout.
Exploitation of this is not likely as utimes(2) does not fail under
normal circumstances. Successful exploitation is not silent - the
output of scp(1) would show transfer errors followed by the actual
file(s) that were received.
Finally, filenames returned from the peer are (since openssh-8.0)
matched against the user's requested destination, thereby
disallowing a successful exploit from writing files outside the
user's selected target glob (or directory, in the case of a
recursive transfer). This ensures that this attack can achieve no
more than a hostile peer is already able to achieve within the scp
This release includes a number of changes that may affect existing
* sftp(1): reject an argument of "-1" in the same way as ssh(1) and
scp(1) do instead of accepting and silently ignoring it.
Changes since OpenSSH 8.2
The focus of this release is bug fixing.
* sshd(8): make IgnoreRhosts a tri-state option: "yes" to ignore
rhosts/shosts, "no" allow rhosts/shosts or (new) "shosts-only"
to allow .shosts files but not .rhosts.
* sshd(8): allow the IgnoreRhosts directive to appear anywhere in a
sshd_config, not just before any Match blocks; bz3148
* ssh(1): add %TOKEN percent expansion for the LocalFoward and
RemoteForward keywords when used for Unix domain socket forwarding.
* all: allow loading public keys from the unencrypted envelope of a
private key file if no corresponding public key file is present.
* ssh(1), sshd(8): prefer to use chacha20 from libcrypto where
possible instead of the (slower) portable C implementation included
* ssh-keygen(1): add ability to dump the contents of a binary key
revocation list via "ssh-keygen -lQf /path" bz#3132
* ssh(1): fix IdentitiesOnly=yes to also apply to keys loaded from
a PKCS11Provider; bz#3141
* ssh-keygen(1): avoid NULL dereference when trying to convert an
invalid RFC4716 private key.
* scp(1): when performing remote-to-remote copies using "scp -3",
start the second ssh(1) channel with BatchMode=yes enabled to
avoid confusing and non-deterministic ordering of prompts.
* ssh(1), ssh-keygen(1): when signing a challenge using a FIDO token,
perform hashing of the message to be signed in the middleware layer
rather than in OpenSSH code. This permits the use of security key
middlewares that perform the hashing implicitly, such as Windows
* ssh(1): fix incorrect error message for "too many known hosts
* ssh(1): make failures when establishing "Tunnel" forwarding
terminate the connection when ExitOnForwardFailure is enabled;
* ssh-keygen(1): fix printing of fingerprints on private keys and add
a regression test for same.
* sshd(8): document order of checking AuthorizedKeysFile (first) and
AuthorizedKeysCommand (subsequently, if the file doesn't match);
* sshd(8): document that /etc/hosts.equiv and /etc/shosts.equiv are
not considered for HostbasedAuthentication when the target user is
* ssh(1), ssh-keygen(1): fix NULL dereference in private certificate
key parsing (oss-fuzz #20074).
* ssh(1), sshd(8): more consistency between sets of %TOKENS are
accepted in various configuration options.
* ssh(1), ssh-keygen(1): improve error messages for some common
PKCS#11 C_Login failure cases; bz#3130
* ssh(1), sshd(8): make error messages for problems during SSH banner
exchange consistent with other SSH transport-layer error messages
and ensure they include the relevant IP addresses bz#3129
* various: fix a number of spelling errors in comments and debug/error
* ssh-keygen(1), ssh-add(1): when downloading FIDO2 resident keys
from a token, don't prompt for a PIN until the token has told us
that it needs one. Avoids double-prompting on devices that
implement on-device authentication.
* sshd(8), ssh-keygen(1): no-touch-required FIDO certificate option
should be an extension, not a critical option.
* ssh(1), ssh-keygen(1), ssh-add(1): offer a better error message
when trying to use a FIDO key function and SecurityKeyProvider is
* ssh-add(1), ssh-agent(8): ensure that a key lifetime fits within
the values allowed by the wire format (u32). Prevents integer
wraparound of the timeout values. bz#3119
* ssh(1): detect and prevent trivial configuration loops when using
* Detect systems where signals flagged with SA_RESTART will interrupt
select(2). POSIX permits implementations to choose whether
select(2) will return when interrupted with a SA_RESTART-flagged
signal, but OpenSSH requires interrupting behaviour.
* Several compilation fixes for HP/UX and AIX.
* On platforms that do not support setting process-wide routing
domains (all excepting OpenBSD at present), fail to accept a
configuration attempts to set one at process start time rather than
fatally erroring at run time. bz#3126
* Improve detection of egrep (used in regression tests) on platforms
that offer a poor default one (e.g. Solaris).
* A number of shell portability fixes for the regression tests.
* Fix theoretical infinite loop in the glob(3) replacement
* Fix seccomp sandbox compilation problems for some Linux
* Improved detection of libfido2 and some compilation fixes for some
configurations when --with-security-key-builtin is selected.
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