CVSS 3.1 Score 9.8 of 10 (high)


Published Jul 20, 2023
Updated: Apr 4, 2024
CWE ID 428


CVE-2023-38408 is a cyber vulnerability that affects OpenSSH versions before 9.3p2. The vulnerability lies in the PKCS#11 feature of ssh-agent, which has an insecure search path. This can potentially lead to remote code execution if an attacker gains control of the system where the agent is forwarded. The issue exists due to an incomplete fix for CVE-2016-10009. The vulnerability has a high risk score of 79 and a base severity rating of CRITICAL according to NIST. It does not require any privileges or user interaction, and the attack vector is through the network. The impact includes high integrity and confidentiality impact, with a CVSS score of 9.8. Organizations using affected versions should update to OpenSSH 9.3p2 or higher to remediate this vulnerability and prevent potential exploitation that could result in significant harm to their systems and data security.


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