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Vulnerability Summary for CVE-2008-1483

Original release date: 03/24/2008
Last revised: 08/08/2014


OpenSSH 4.3p2, and probably other versions, allows local users to hijack forwarded X connections by causing ssh to set DISPLAY to :10, even when another process is listening on the associated port, as demonstrated by opening TCP port 6010 (IPv4) and sniffing a cookie sent by Emacs.


CVSS Severity (version 2.0):
CVSS v2 Base Score: 6.9 MEDIUM
Impact Subscore: 10.0
Exploitability Subscore: 3.4
CVSS Version 2 Metrics:
Access Vector: Locally exploitable
Access Complexity: Medium
Authentication: Not required to exploit
Impact Type: Allows unauthorized disclosure of information; Allows unauthorized modification; Allows disruption of service

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Official Statement from Red Hat (03/19/2010)
All openssh versions shipped in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 include the patch for this issue. This issue was fixed in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 via: https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2005-527.html Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 is affected by this issue. The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this issue as having low security impact. https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=CVE-2008-1483

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External Source: VUPEN
Name: ADV-2008-1124
External Source: VUPEN
Name: ADV-2008-2396
External Source: UBUNTU
Name: USN-597-1
External Source: CONFIRM
Name: http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=463011
External Source: CONFIRM
Name: http://sourceforge.net/project/shownotes.php?release_id=590180&group_id=69227
External Source: BID
Name: 28444
External Source: VUPEN
Name: ADV-2008-1448
External Source: VUPEN
Name: ADV-2008-1123
External Source: SECTRACK
Name: 1019707
External Source: SUSE
Name: SUSE-SR:2008:009
External Source: APPLE
Name: APPLE-SA-2008-09-15
External Source: OVAL
Name: oval:org.mitre.oval:def:6085
External Source: MLIST
Name: [security-announce] 20080403 Globus Security Advisory 2008-01: GSI-OpenSSH vulnerability
External Source: CONFIRM
Name: http://support.attachmate.com/techdocs/2374.html
External Source: VUPEN
Name: ADV-2008-2584
External Source: MANDRIVA
Name: MDVSA-2008:078
External Source: BUGTRAQ
Name: 20080325 rPSA-2008-0120-1 gnome-ssh-askpass openssh openssh-client openssh-server
External Source: SUNALERT
Name: 1019235
External Source: XF
Name: openssh-sshd-session-hijacking(41438)
External Source: HP
Name: HPSBUX02337
External Source: FREEBSD
Name: FreeBSD-SA-08:05
External Source: CONFIRM
Name: https://issues.rpath.com/browse/RPL-2397
External Source: VUPEN
Name: ADV-2008-1624
External Source: VUPEN
Name: ADV-2008-0994
External Source: DEBIAN
Name: DSA-1576
External Source: GENTOO
Name: GLSA-200804-03
External Source: CISCO
Name: 20130220 OpenSSH Forwarded X Connection Session Hijack Vulnerability
External Source: NETBSD
Name: NetBSD-SA2008-005
External Source: VUPEN
Name: ADV-2008-1630
US-CERT Vulnerability Note: CERT
Name: TA08-260A
External Source: SUNALERT
Name: 237444
External Source: CONFIRM
Name: http://support.avaya.com/elmodocs2/security/ASA-2008-205.htm
External Source: VUPEN
Name: ADV-2008-1526
External Source: MISC
Name: http://aix.software.ibm.com/aix/efixes/security/ssh_advisory.asc
External Source: CONFIRM
Name: http://wiki.rpath.com/wiki/Advisories:rPSA-2008-0120
External Source: SLACKWARE
Name: SSA:2008-095-01

References to Check Content

Identifier: oval:org.mitre.oval:def:6085
Check System: http://oval.mitre.org/XMLSchema/oval-definitions-5

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Technical Details

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  • Permissions, Privileges, and Access Control (CWE-264)