Qualys Scan alert on OpenSSH J-Pake


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L0 Member

Qualys Scan alert on OpenSSH J-Pake

We run Qualys scans on the internal network, and it's picking up that the PA's are running OpenSSH ver 5.2. I receive the following warning:

OpenSSH, when J-PAKE is enabled, does not properly validate the public parameters in the J-PAKE protocol. This allows remote attackers to bypass the need for knowledge of the shared secret, and successfully authenticate, by sending crafted values in each round of the protocol.

Affected Software:

OpenSSH versions 5.6 and prior.

The CVSS base is 7.5/10. It suggests to update to 5.7 or later. Obviously that's not an option from my point of view. This however could be deemed a false positive if J-Pake is not enabled. Can someone confirm if J-pake is running on this installation or if a newer version of OpenSSH is being looked into?


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L4 Transporter

Just for kicks I compiled a local copy of OpenSSH 5.5 with the jpake source (from https://github.com/seb-m/jpake/tree/master/openssh-jpake ) and it doesn't appear to work:

eric@laptop:~/jpake/openssh-5.5p1> ./ssh -o "ZeroKnowledgePasswordAuthentication yes" user@my-PA-firewall

command-line line 0: Unsupported option "ZeroKnowledgePasswordAuthentication"


L3 Networker

Qualys gives me this against Panos 5.1.1:

SSH-2.0-OpenSSH_11.1 - "UseLogin" option threat, upgrade to OpenSSH 2.1.1 or later.

CVE-2000-0525, bugtraq 1334.

I wonder if "UseLogin" is enabled. Not sure it's relevant on a locked-down CLI, but it's coming up in Qualys.

L6 Presenter

5.1.1 is Panorama and not PAN-OS as far as I know...

L3 Networker

Well, yes. We scanned the M-100. Easy to collectively refer to Panorama as PAN-OS, because the look'n'feel is so similar.

L4 Transporter

Well and PA themselves call it PANOS too... they released a "PANOS CLI guide" for Panorama 5.1 when it came out.... not a "Panorama CLI Guide." The support ticket interface has an entry for PANOS 5.1 and PANOS-5.1.1 in the little OS release" dropdown too. So it's completely correct to call the thing PANOS in my humble opinion.

L4 Transporter


J-PAKE is not enabled in PanOS implementation of SSH.


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