Call for testing: OpenSSH 8.7
djm at mindrot.org
Fri Aug 13 10:09:44 AEST 2021
OpenSSH 8.7p1 is almost ready for release, so we would appreciate testing
on as many platforms and systems as possible. This release has a mix of
bugfixes and new features.
Snapshot releases for portable OpenSSH are available from
The OpenBSD version is available in CVS HEAD:
Portable OpenSSH is also available via git using the
instructions at http://www.openssh.com/portable.html#cvs
At https://anongit.mindrot.org/openssh.git/ or via a mirror at Github:
Running the regression tests supplied with Portable OpenSSH does not
require installation and is a simply:
$ ./configure && make tests
Live testing on suitable non-production systems is also appreciated.
Please send reports of success or failure to
openssh-unix-dev at mindrot.org. Security bugs should be reported
directly to openssh at openssh.com.
Below is a summary of changes. More detail may be found in the ChangeLog
in the portable OpenSSH tarballs.
Thanks to the many people who contributed to this release.
This release includes a number of changes that may affect existing
* scp(1): this release changes the behaviour of remote to remote
copies (e.g. "scp host-a:/path host-b:") to transfer through the
local host by default. This was previously available via the -3
flag. This mode avoids the need to expose credentials on the
origin hop, avoids triplicate interpretation of filenames by the
shell (by the local system, the copy origin and the destination)
and, in conjunction with the SFTP support for scp(1) mentioned
below, allows use of all authentication methods to the remote
hosts (previously, only non-interactive methods could be used).
A -R flag has been added to select the old behaviour.
* ssh(1)/sshd(8): both the client and server are now using a more
strict configuration file parser. The new parser uses more
shell-like rules for quotes, space and escape characters. It is
also more strict in rejecting configurations that include options
lacking arguments. Previously some options (e.g. DenyUsers) to
appear on a line with no subsequent arguments. This release will
reject such configurations. The new parser will also reject
configurations with unterminated quotes and multiple '='
characters after the option name.
* ssh(1): when using SSHFP DNS records for host key verification,
ssh(1) will verify all matching records instead of just those
with the specific signature type requested. This may cause host
key verification problems if stale SSHFP records of a different
or legacy signature type exist alongside other records for a
particular host. bz#3322
* ssh-keygen(1): when generating a FIDO key and specifying an
explicit attestation challenge (using -Ochallenge), the challenge
will now be hashed by the builtin security key middleware. This
removes the (undocumented) requirement that challenges be exactly
32 bytes in length and matches the expectations of libfido2.
* sshd(8): environment="..." directives in authorized_keys files are
now first-match-wins and limited to 1024 discrete environment
Changes since OpenSSH 8.6
This release contains a mix of new features and bug-fixes.
- scp(1): experimental support for transfers using the SFTP protocol
as a replacement for the venerable SCP/RCP protocol that it has
traditionally used. SFTP offers more predictable filename handling
and does not require expansion of glob(3) patterns via the shell
on the remote side.
SFTP support may be enabled via a temporary scp -s flag. It is
intended for SFTP to become the default transfer mode in the
near future, at which time the -s flag will be removed. The -O
flag exists to force use of the original SCP/RCP protocol for
cases where SFTP may be unavailable or incompatible.
- sftp-server(8): add a protocol extension to support expansion of
~/ and ~user/ prefixed paths. This was added to support these
paths when used by scp(1) while in SFTP mode.
- ssh(1): add a ForkAfterAuthentication ssh_config(5) counterpart to
the ssh(1) -f flag. GHPR#231
- ssh(1): add a StdinNull directive to ssh_config(5) that allows the
config file to do the same thing as -n does on the ssh(1) command-
- ssh(1): add a SessionType directive to ssh_config, allowing the
configuration file to offer equivalent control to the -N (no
session) and -s (subsystem) command-line flags. GHPR#231
- ssh-keygen(1): let allowed signers files used by ssh-keygen(1)
signatures support key lifetimes, and allow the verification mode to
specify a signature time to check at. This is intended for use by
git to support signing objects using ssh keys.
- ssh-keygen(8): support printing of the full public key in a sshsig
signature via a -Oprint-pubkey flag.
* ssh(1)/sshd(8): start time-based re-keying exactly on schedule in
the client and server mainloops. Previously the re-key timeout
could expire but re-keying would not start until a packet was sent
or received, causing a spin in select() if the connection was
* ssh-keygen(1): avoid Y2038 problem in printing certificate
validity lifetimes. Dates past 2^31-1 seconds since epoch were
displayed incorrectly on some platforms. bz#3329
* scp(1): allow spaces to appear in usernames for local to remote
and scp -3 remote to remote copies. bz#1164
* ssh(1)/sshd(8): remove references to ChallengeResponseAuthentication
in favour of KbdInteractiveAuthentication. The former is what was in
SSHv1, the latter is what is in SSHv2 (RFC4256) and they were
treated as somewhat but not entirely equivalent. We retain the old
name as a deprecated alias so configuration files continue to work
as well as a reference in the man page for people looking for it.
* ssh(1)/ssh-add(1)/ssh-keygen(1): fix decoding of X.509 subject name
when extracting a key from a PKCS#11 certificate. bz#3327
* ssh(1): restore blocking status on stdio fds before close. ssh(1)
needs file descriptors in non-blocking mode to operate but it was
not restoring the original state on exit. This could cause
problems with fds shared with other programs via the shell,
bz#3280 and GHPR#246
* ssh(1)/sshd(8): switch both client and server mainloops from
select(3) to pselect(3). Avoids race conditions where a signal
may arrive immediately before select(3) and not be processed until
an event fires. bz#2158
* ssh(1): sessions started with ControlPersist were incorrectly
executing a shell when the -N (no shell) option was specified.
* ssh(1): check if IPQoS or TunnelDevice are already set before
overriding. Prevents values in config files from overriding values
supplied on the command line. bz#3319
* ssh(1): fix debug message when finding a private key to match a
certificate being attempted for user authentication. Previously it
would print the certificate's path, whereas it was supposed to be
showing the private key's path. GHPR#247
* sshd(8): match host certificates against host public keys, not
private keys. Allows use of certificates with private keys held in
a ssh-agent. bz#3524
* ssh(1): add a workaround for a bug in OpenSSH 7.4 sshd(8), which
allows RSA/SHA2 signatures for public key authentication but fails
to advertise this correctly via SSH2_MSG_EXT_INFO. This causes
clients of these server to incorrectly match
PubkeyAcceptedAlgorithmse and potentially refuse to offer valid
* sftp(1)/scp(1): degrade gracefully if a sftp-server offers the
limits at openssh.com extension but fails when the client tries to
invoke it. bz#3318
* ssh(1): allow ssh_config SetEnv to override $TERM, which is
otherwise handled specially by the protocol. Useful in ~/.ssh/config
to set TERM to something generic (e.g. "xterm" instead of
"xterm-256color") for destinations that lack terminfo entries.
* sftp-server(8): the limits at openssh.com extension was incorrectly
marked as an operation that writes to the filesystem, which made it
unavailable in sftp-server read-only mode. bz#3318
* ssh(1): fix SEGV in UpdateHostkeys debug() message, triggered when
the update removed more host keys than remain present.
* many manual page fixes.
* ssh(1): move closefrom() to before first malloc. When built against
tcmalloc, the closefrom() would stomp on file descriptors created
for tcmalloc's internal use. bz#3321
* sshd(8): handle GIDs > 2^31 in getgrouplist. When compiled in 32bit
mode, the getgrouplist implementation may fail for GIDs greater than
* ssh(1): xstrdup environment variable used by ForwardAgent. bz#3328
* sshd(8): don't sigdie() in signal handler in privsep child process;
this can end up causing sandbox violations per bz3286
OpenSSH is brought to you by Markus Friedl, Niels Provos, Theo de
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