Security Advisory

SSH - CVE-2016-3115, CVE-2010-5107
Published: August 8, 2017
Last Update: October 16, 2019

Vulnerability scans of the ACOS management interface indicate potential security exposures in the SSH, remote access service. Accordingly, the following vulnerabilities are addressed in this document.

Item Score
# Vulnerability ID Source Score Summary
1 QID: 38623 Qualys 3 Serious OpenSSH Xauth Command Injection Vulnerability
2 CVE-2016-3115 CVSS 3.0 6.4 Medium Multiple CRLF injection vulnerabilities in session.c [1]
3 QID: 42413 Qualys 3 Serious OpenSSH LoginGraceTime Denial of Service Vulnerability
4 CVE-2010-5107 CVSS 2.0 5.0 Medium openssh: Prevent connection slot exhaustion attacks [2]
Affected Releases

The table below indicates releases of ACOS exposed to these vulnerabilities and ACOS releases that address these issues or are otherwise unaffected by them.

Customers using affected ACOS releases can overcome vulnerability exposures by updating to the indicated resolved release. If the table does not list a corresponding resolved or unaffected release, then no ACOS release update is currently available.

Releases Affected Releases Resolved or Unaffected


4.1.2 (a)

4.1.1 – 4.1.1-P1


4.1.100 – 4.1.100-P5


4.1.0 – 4.1.0-P8


3.1.0-P1 – 3.2.1-P1


2.8.2 – 2.8.2-P8


2.7.2 – 2.7.2-P7

4.1.0-P9, 4.1.1-P3

2.7.1 – 2.7.1-GR1-P1

4.1.0-P9, 4.1.1-P3

2.6.1-GR1 – 2.6.1-GR1-P16

4.1.0-P9, 4.1.1-P3

(a) Including all updates to the release(s).

Workarounds and Mitigations

Common security best practices in the industry for network appliance management and control planes can enhance protection against remote malicious attacks. Limit the exploitable attack surface for critical, infrastructure, networking equipment through the use of access lists or firewall filters to and from only trusted, administrative networks or hosts.

Software Updates

Software updates that address these vulnerabilities are or will be published at the following URL:

Vulnerability Details

The following table shares brief descriptions for the vulnerabilities addressed in this document.

Vulnerability ID Vulnerability Description
QID: 38628

OpenSSH (OpenBSD Secure Shell) is a set of computer programs providing encrypted communication sessions over a computer network using the SSH protocol.

The sshd server fails to validate user-supplied X11 authentication credentials when establishing an X11 forwarding session. An authenticated user may inject arbitrary xauth commands by sending an x11 channel request that includes a newline character in the x11 cookie.

Please note that Systems with X11Forwarding enabled are affected.

Reference: CVE-2016-3115.


Multiple CRLF injection vulnerabilities in session.c in sshd in OpenSSH before 7.2p2 allow remote authenticated users to bypass intended shell-command restrictions via crafted X11 forwarding data, related to the (1) do_authenticated1 and (2) session_x11_req functions.

QID: 42413

OpenSSH (OpenBSD Secure Shell) is a set of computer programs providing encrypted communication sessions over a computer network using the SSH protocol. Default OpenSSH installations have an overly long LoginGraceTime and a lack of early connection release for MaxStartups settings. Remote unauthenticated attackers could bypass the LoginGraceTime and MaxStartups thresholds by intermittently transmitting a large number of new TCP connections to the targeted server. This could lead to connection slot exhaustion.

Reference: CVE-2010-5107.


The default configuration of OpenSSH through 6.1 enforces a fixed time limit between establishing a TCP connection and completing a login, which makes it easier for remote attackers to cause a denial of service (connection-slot exhaustion) by periodically making many new TCP connections.

Related Links
Ref # General Link
[1] NIST NVD, CVE-2016-3115
[2] NIST NVD, CVE-2010-5107


Modification History
Revision Date Description
1.0 August 8, 2017

Initial Publication

2.0 October 16, 2019

Added 4.1.100 release family.

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