msm1267 writes: OpenSSH today released a patch for a critical vulnerability that could be exploited by an attacker to force a client to leak private cryptographic keys. The attacker would have to control a malicious server in order to force the client to give up the key, OpenSSH and researchers at Qualys said in separate advisories. Qualys' security team privately disclosed the vulnerability Jan. 11 and the OpenSSH team had it patched within three days. The vulnerability was found in a non-documented feature called roaming that supports the resumption of interrupted SSH connections. OpenSSH said client code between versions 5.4 and 7.1 are vulnerable as it contains the roaming support. OpenSSH said that organizations may disable the vulnerable code by adding 'UseRoaming no' to the global ssh_config(5) file. Researchers at Qualys said organizations should patch immediately and regenerate private keys.
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