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Date: Sat, 17 May 2008 16:46:30 +0200
From: Robert Buchholz <>
Cc: Solar Designer <>
Subject: Re: OpenSSH key blacklisting

On Friday 16 May 2008, Solar Designer wrote:
> Thanks for the "bug" reference.  FWIW, the shell script in this
> comment is vulnerable itself, in more than one way:
> For example, it lets a user have any other user's or root's
> authorized_keys removed, by replacing .ssh with a symlink to someone
> else's .ssh directory.  

Do you mean the race condition between finding and removing the key? 
Otherwise, I cannot see how to have someone else's removed.

> > I assume whichever version has the acceptance of the OpenSSH
> > upstream is what most of us would be willing to go with. Did you
> > discuss either blacklist format with them already?
> Yes, very briefly.  They don't intend to implement key blacklisting.

That's not too helpful for our case.
Do you have a patch to propose, implementing your idea? There has been 
approval of your idea inside Gentoo's hardened team.


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