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UK security researchers have discovered hard-to-exploit cryptographic weaknesses in the Secure Shell (SSH) remote administration protocol. The shortcoming creates a potential means to recover the plain text of encrypted sessions, depending on remote access configurations. Potential attacks - which would take ninja-like hacking …

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Default is...

Anyone remember what the default is for OpenSSH (block or stream cipher type)?

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Joke

Think of the children

Anything which poses risk to minors must be stopped.

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Re: Default is ...

For openssh 3.9p1, 4.3p2 and 5.1p1 (the versions I have readily to hand) the default cipher would appear to be aes128-cbc. You can put a "Ciphers" stanza in you ~/.ssh/config to choose one of the stream ciphers -- see ssh_config(5). I've no idea what you do if you're using winders.

I expect there'll be a patch along shortly though.

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Boffin

Pedanticism "Corner"

"the Secure Shell (SSH) remote administration protocol"

hmmn. Remote shell protocol maybe, but it's used for a lot more than just admin work.

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So....

The ninjas that can manage a man in the middle could possibly capture packets and decrypt them back to plain text. Which if they are lucky contains something nice to steal.

Sounds like a pretty limited flaw. I won't be going out of my way to fix it... I'll fix it by waiting for Debian to fix it for me ;-)

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