CVE Database


Impact: Moderate
Public: 2014-03-04
Bugzilla: 1072191: CVE-2014-0017 libssh: Improper initialization of PRNG after fork()


The MITRE CVE dictionary describes this issue as:

The RAND_bytes function in libssh before 0.6.3, when forking is enabled, does not properly reset the state of the OpenSSL pseudo-random number generator (PRNG), which causes the state to be shared between children processes and allows local users to obtain sensitive information by leveraging a pid collision.

Find out more about CVE-2014-0017 from the MITRE CVE dictionary and NIST NVD.


Not Vulnerable. This issue does not affect the version of libssh2 package as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and 6.

CVSS v2 metrics

NOTE: The following CVSS v2 metrics and score provided are preliminary and subject to review.

Base Score: 4.3
Base Metrics: AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:N/A:N
Access Vector: Network
Access Complexity: Medium
Authentication: None
Confidentiality Impact: Partial
Integrity Impact: None
Availability Impact: None

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Red Hat would like to thank Aris Adamantiadis for reporting this issue.

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