Security Update for OpenSSH

Number: AV16-008
Date: 14 January 2016


The purpose of this advisory is to bring attention to the recently released security update for OpenSSH (client).


OpenSSH has released version 7.1p2, which addresses multiple vulnerabilities affecting the client version of its software.  Notably, one of these vulnerabilities could allow an attacker obtain data residing in client memory (including private user keys) when it communicates with a malicious server.

CVE References: CVE-2016-0777, CVE-2016-0778

Suggested Action

CCIRC recommends that system administrators test and deploy the vendor-released updates to affected applications accordingly.


Note to Readers

In support of Public Safety's mission to build a safe and resilient Canada, CCIRC's mandate is to help ensure the security and resilience of the vital non-federal government cyber systems that underpin Canada's national security, public safety and economic prosperity. As Canada's computer security incident response team, CCIRC is Canada's national coordination centre for the prevention and mitigation of, preparedness for, response to, and recovery from cyber incidents on non-federal government systems. It does this by providing authoritative advice and support, and coordinating information sharing and incident response.

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