OpenSSH 7.0 has just been released. It will be available from the mirrors listed at shortly.

From: Damien Miller <>
Date: Tue, 11 Aug 2015 06:53:24 -0600 (MDT)
Subject: Announce: OpenSSH 7.0 released

OpenSSH 7.0 has just been released. It will be available from the mirrors listed at shortly.

OpenSSH is a 100% complete SSH protocol 2.0 implementation and includes sftp client and server support. OpenSSH also includes transitional support for the legacy SSH 1.3 and 1.5 protocols that may be enabled at compile-time.

Once again, we would like to thank the OpenSSH community for their continued support of the project, especially those who contributed code or patches, reported bugs, tested snapshots or donated to the project. More information on donations may be found at:

Future deprecation notice

We plan on retiring more legacy cryptography in the next release including:

* Refusing all RSA keys smaller than 1024 bits (the current minimum is 768 bits)

* Several ciphers will be disabled by default: blowfish-cbc, cast128-cbc, all arcfour variants and the rijndael-cbc aliases for AES.

* MD5-based HMAC algorithms will be disabled by default.

This list reflects our current intentions, but please check the final release notes for OpenSSH 7.1 when it is released.

Changes since OpenSSH 6.9

This focus of this release is primarily to deprecate weak, legacy and/or unsafe cryptography.


* sshd(8): OpenSSH 6.8 and 6.9 incorrectly set TTYs to be world- writable. Local attackers may be able to write arbitrary messages to logged-in users, including terminal escape sequences. Reported by Nikolay Edigaryev.

* sshd(8): Portable OpenSSH only: Fixed a privilege separation weakness related to PAM support. Attackers who could successfully compromise the pre-authentication process for remote code execution and who had valid credentials on the host could impersonate other users. Reported by Moritz Jodeit.

* sshd(8): Portable OpenSSH only: Fixed a use-after-free bug related to PAM support that was reachable by attackers who could compromise the pre-authentication process for remote code execution. Also reported by Moritz Jodeit.

* sshd(8): fix circumvention of MaxAuthTries using keyboard- interactive authentication. By specifying a long, repeating keyboard-interactive "devices" string, an attacker could request the same authentication method be tried thousands of times in a single pass. The LoginGraceTime timeout in sshd(8) and any authentication failure delays implemented by the authentication mechanism itself were still applied. Found by Kingcope.

Potentially-incompatible Changes

* Support for the legacy SSH version 1 protocol is disabled by default at compile time.

* Support for the 1024-bit diffie-hellman-group1-sha1 key exchange is disabled by default at run-time. It may be re-enabled using the instructions at

* Support for ssh-dss, ssh-dss-cert-* host and user keys is disabled by default at run-time. These may be re-enabled using the instructions at

* Support for the legacy v00 cert format has been removed.

* The default for the sshd_config(5) PermitRootLogin option has changed from "yes" to "prohibit-password".

* PermitRootLogin=without-password/prohibit-password now bans all interactive authentication methods, allowing only public-key, hostbased and GSSAPI authentication (previously it permitted keyboard-interactive and password-less authentication if those were enabled).

New Features

* ssh_config(5): add PubkeyAcceptedKeyTypes option to control which public key types are available for user authentication.

* sshd_config(5): add HostKeyAlgorithms option to control which public key types are offered for host authentications.

* ssh(1), sshd(8): extend Ciphers, MACs, KexAlgorithms, HostKeyAlgorithms, PubkeyAcceptedKeyTypes and HostbasedKeyTypes options to allow appending to the default set of algorithms instead of replacing it. Options may now be prefixed with a '+' to append to the default, e.g. "HostKeyAlgorithms=+ssh-dss".

* sshd_config(5): PermitRootLogin now accepts an argument of 'prohibit-password' as a less-ambiguous synonym of 'without- password'.


* ssh(1), sshd(8): add compatability workarounds for Cisco and more PuTTY versions. bz#2424

* Fix some omissions and errors in the PROTOCOL and PROTOCOL.mux documentation relating to Unix domain socket forwarding; bz#2421 bz#2422

* ssh(1): Improve the ssh(1) manual page to include a better description of Unix domain socket forwarding; bz#2423

* ssh(1), ssh-agent(1): skip uninitialised PKCS#11 slots, fixing failures to load keys when they are present. bz#2427

* ssh(1), ssh-agent(1): do not ignore PKCS#11 hosted keys that wth empty CKA_ID; bz#2429

* sshd(8): clarify documentation for UseDNS option; bz#2045

Portable OpenSSH

* Check realpath(3) behaviour matches what sftp-server requires and use a replacement if necessary.


- SHA1 (openssh-7.0.tar.gz) = a19ff0bad2a67348b1d01a38a9580236120b7099
- SHA256 (openssh-7.0.tar.gz) = 4F6HV/ZqT465f3sMB2vIkXO+wrYtL5hnqzAymfbZ1Jk=

- SHA1 (openssh-7.0p1.tar.gz) = d8337c9eab91d360d104f6dd805f8b32089c063c
- SHA256 (openssh-7.0p1.tar.gz) = /VkySToZ9MgRU9gS7k4EK0m707dZqz2TRKvswrwUheU=

Please note that the PGP key used to sign releases was recently rotated. The new key has been signed by the old key to provide continuity. It is available from the mirror sites as RELEASE_KEY.asc.

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