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Effects much worse for other distributions than expected

Effects much worse for other distributions than expected

Posted May 15, 2008 19:19 UTC (Thu) by nix (subscriber, #2304)
In reply to: Effects much worse for other distributions than expected by rfunk
Parent article: Debian vulnerability has widespread effects

Er, yeah, sorry, bad phrasing. If the client (from whom you're connecting, 
which has the secret key) is not vulnerable, and the server (to which 
you're connecting, and which has the public key) is vulnerable, you are 
safe: otherwise, you are not.


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Effects much worse for other distributions than expected

Posted May 15, 2008 20:24 UTC (Thu) by rfunk (subscriber, #4054) [Link]

Actually I wouldn't say you're entirely safe if the server is vulnerable and you're not.  
There's still the issue of the host key, which is used to prevent the bad guys from 
pretending to be the server.  If that host key is compromised, then someone can pretend 
to be the server.  Then you're in a little trouble if they can also get your public key (it's 
treated as public, shouldn't be horribly hard), and more trouble if you're using password 
authentication.


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