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Re: ssh protocol 2,1

Mike Burger wrote:
On Tue, 20 Jun 2006, Bill Tangren wrote:

I have a question regarding ssh on RHEL ES4. The man pages indicates that Protocol 2,1 is enabled by default. Could someone explain the logic of this to me? I thought Protocol 1 had a security flaw.

That would cause SSHD to require protocol 2, first, then fall back to protocol 1 if the client isn't protocol 2 capable.

If you want to restrict sshd to just protocol 2, remove the ",1".
Mike Burger

From the man page for sshd_config:
Specifies the protocol versions ssh supports. The possible values are “1” and “2”. Multiple versions must be comma-separated. The default is “2,1”. Note that the order of the protocol list does not indicate preference, because the client selects among multiple protocol versions offered by the server. Specifying “2,1” is identical to “1,2”.

This doesn't actually answer my question. If someone *wanted* to exploit the Protocol 1 vulnerability, wouldn't that be easy? [It is a simple protocol choice in Putty, for example.]

There must be a reason for allowing this vulnerability by default. I'd like to know what that reason is.

Thanks for answering, though.


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