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rssh, scponly: Unrestricted command execution


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200412-01 / scponly
Release Date December 03, 2004
Latest Revision May 22, 2006: 03
Impact normal
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
net-misc/scponly < 4.0 >= 4.0 All supported architectures
app-shells/rssh <= 2.2.2 >= 2.2.3 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #72815, #72816


rssh and scponly do not filter command-line options that can be exploited to execute any command, thereby allowing a remote user to completely bypass the restricted shell.

2.  Impact Information


rssh and scponly are two restricted shells, allowing only a few predefined commands. They are often used as a complement to OpenSSH to provide access to remote users without providing any remote execution privileges.


Jason Wies discovered that when receiving an authorized command from an authorized user, rssh and scponly do not filter command-line options that can be used to execute any command on the target host.


Using a malicious command, it is possible for a remote authenticated user to execute any command (or upload and execute any file) on the target machine with user rights, effectively bypassing any restriction of scponly or rssh.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All scponly users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=net-misc/scponly-4.0"

All rssh users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.2: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=app-shells/rssh/rssh-2.2.3"

4.  References


Page updated December 03, 2004

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