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Only some rather theoretical 1. For example, RFC [26] lists 3des-cbc as being required, aescbc as being recommended, a further 12 block cipher variants and easily-circumvented cryptographic attacks have been in CBC mode as being optional, and only one stream cipher, arcfour, discovered [9], [1] — see Section 1.

This failure is reported as do stand in stark contrast to the intended outcome of an error message on the SSH connection, and the connection using strong cryptography in OpenSSH and to the provable is torn down.

The amount of data required to trigger the error security guarantees promised for variants of SSH in [1]. Firstly, SSH reveals 32 bits of the target plaintext block corresponding has an encrypted length field in the first block of ciphertext to the target ciphertext block.

Secondly, the reliance connection before the MAC check is triggered. But the attack on CBC mode even with chained IVs allows an attacker would succeed with probability 1.

Notice too that it only to inject a target ciphertext block of his choice into a fresh requires the attacker to be able to capture a target ciphertext BPP packet as the first block of that packet, and for the block from the network and then to be able to inject it as decryption of this block in its original position to be related the first block of a new SSH packet — no known or chosen in a known way to its decryption in the fresh packet.

These plaintexts are needed. The main difficulty arises by observing how many blocks are needed to cause a MAC from the fact that the relevant RFC [26] advises that the failure.

Again, Some readers might wonder at this point how we would the length checks must be applied before the MAC is be able to attack a variant of SSH that was already proven checked. The basic reason is that, while the authors checking that the packet length field is at most and of [1] recognise that the decryption operation in SSH is then checking that it has a certain divisibility property. This attack is based on the ability of the current security models for SSH handle. We comment the attacker to differentiate failures of the two distinct length on this in greater detail in Sections 5 and 6.

Another simple variant of our attacks verifiably recovers 18 bits of 1. BPP as defined in [26]. These are effectively distinguishing We report on the experimental validation of our attacks attacks, that is, attacks that reveal, given a ciphertext, which against OpenSSH in Section 4.

So As we noted above, our attacks lead to the tear down of these attacks do break SSH by the standards of theoretical the SSH connection, meaning that they cannot directly be cryptography. They require the adversary to know the IV iterated to boost the success probability. So, if SSH were used the last block of ciphertext from the previous packet is to protect a fixed plaintext e. Even data-bearing packets with dummy packets — this way, the if our attacks do not lead to reliable recovery of complete attacker will not see the required IV until too late and may not even be able to tell which block is the IV.

OpenSSH none of the work to date in this line of research can be supports this countermeasure. In contrast with [9], [1], our used directly to model the security of SSH in a way that is attacks only require the ability to capture ciphertexts and sufficiently complete to capture our attacks.

Moreover, some inject modified ciphertexts into the network rather than of our attacks do not require blockwise control but only the being chosen plaintext , and recover plaintext rather than ability to inject a single block of ciphertext at an appropriate being distinguishing attacks.

In this sense, our attacks are point in an SSH connection. The dummy 1. Paper Organisation packet countermeasure does not prevent our attacks. Bellare et al. Section 3 using CBC mode as defined in [26].

Section 6 provides attack against this variant of SSH, but the relevant RFC recommendations on how to prevent our attacks. These range recommends using random padding, so the attack should from selecting modes of operation other than CBC mode not work against implementations. Section uses random padding. In this proposal, the 2. The MAC value is appended to the secure in [1].

Other recent papers conducting analysis of standards and In more detail, a payload message is first encoded by implementations of high-profile secure protocols include [5], prepending a packet length field and padding length field [6], [7], [10], [17].

These papers, like ours, highlight the and appending some padding. The packet length field is 4 problems that arise in protocol specifications with respect bytes in length and contains the total length in bytes of to implementation details having the potential to undermine the encoded packet excluding the packet length field itself. They also show that, in order to evaluate security, it The padding length field is 1 byte in length and contains is not enough to look at the specification alone — rather, one the total number of padding bytes.

A minimum of 4 padding must look at how the specifications have been implemented bytes must be added, the padding should be random, and the in order to gauge whether an attack idea will work against a padding must ensure that the encoded data ends on a block real system. These papers, also like ours, make use of what boundary. The maximum length of padding is bytes; might be termed software-based side channels in order to variable length padding may help frustrate traffic analysis mount their attacks.

For example, [7] used timing differences [26]. The final cipher- while [10], [17] exploited ICMP error messages of various text is the concatenation of the encoded-then-encrypted mes- kinds to attack encryption-only configurations of IPsec. The sequence passwords when it is used to protect an interactive session.

It is not sent over the being protected. Figure 1 shows the BPP packet format schematically. However, none of these papers consider how that this makes it harder for an attacker to detect BPP packet errors arising during decryption can undermine security, so boundaries and so perform traffic analysis.

SSH BPP packet format and cryptographic processing As we mentioned in the introduction, the SSH RFC [26] Exactly when this last check is to be performed is not mandates support for 3des-cbc, recommends support for made explicit in [26], but the natural interpretation is to do aescbc, and lists a further 12 block cipher variants the check as soon as the first block of plaintext has been in CBC mode as being optional.

Only one optional stream decrypted. Otherwise, denial of service attacks based on cipher is listed, arcfour. The RFC mandates the use of manipulating the packet length field would not be prevented. In this clear that, if this interpretation of the RFC is made, then any way, the packets on a connection form a single data stream. However, [26] form in the first block of each packet.

Since there is no length indicator for a BPP packet packets with an uncompressed payload length of other than the content of the packet length field, any SSH bytes or less and a total packet size of implementation must decrypt the first ciphertext block to bytes or less Implementations SHOULD obtain that field and use it to determine how much data support longer packets, where they might be to accept before deciding that a complete BPP packet has needed.

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Thus we may expect that an SSH implementation will await further So a reasonable interpretation of the RFC might be to check data, unless sufficient data has already arrived to complete that the packet length is at most somewhere in the region of the packet.

In general then, an attacker may be able to delay bytes. The following terminating entity may send an informative message to its quotes are from the beginning of Section 6 and Section 6. Section 9. It uses CBC mode with interpacket chaining and whichever is larger bytes of a packet. OpenSSH decrypts packet length is reasonable in order for the imple- the first block of a BPP packet as soon as it is received.

Length Check. If this check passes, then OpenSSH performs a length check: series of further checks.

These need not concern us here. This message contains the passed string. Thus we see that the OpenSSH implementa- 3. The value define some notation. Block Length Check. We have: sent on the connection in contrast to the previous check.

Let cn denote the last ciphertext block of the 2. MAC Check.

OpenSSH then continues to accept data preceding packet on the connection. This block will be used on the connection until sufficient data has arrived.

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If the sub- packet ends and the next begins, there is a chance that this injected block is not processed as the first block of a new packet. To assess the success probability of this attack, we need In essence, this attack exploits the encrypted length field only calculate the probability that the length check passes.

Hence the content of the packet length field in of the length field. Because of the use of CBC mode, this p01 can be regarded as being a random bit value. Therefore leaks information about the target ciphertext block. Iterating the Attack 3.

Recovering 32 Plaintext Bits Both the attacks above result in the SSH connection being terminated with high probability at each attempt. Suppose, With exactly the same attack as above, if the SSH con- however, that OpenSSH is used to protect plaintexts that nection enters a wait state, then we can deduce that both the contain some fixed bits in fixed, known positions across length check and the block length check have passed.

When multiple connections.

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For ex- of the length field in p01 will all be zero, and that the last 4 ample, this may be the case if OpenSSH is used to protect a bits of this field encode the value In turn, this yields 18 user password for a remote login. A last 3 bits of the length field should encode the value 4, similar attack to this was considered for OpenSSL in [7].

We next explain how the attacker can continue the that automatically perform connection re-establishment in attack to extract more plaintext. Recall that, if the length check and block length check As described, this iterated version would consume on pass, then the SSH connection will continue to wait for more average SSH connections in order to recover 32 plaintext data until the following condition is no longer satisfied: bits.

The attack is now split into three phases. In the first phase, the attacker recovers the first Once this test fails, the MAC check will be triggered. This requires the attacker to maintain a size table each BPP packet contains at least one ciphertext block plus a MAC field, so the connection will not yet have received sufficient data to reach the of bit values, each entry indicating whether a particular value stage of performing a MAC check.

Making this patch allowed us to more easily the length check will pass, and the attacker can recover the test that the subsequent parts of our attacks were working as first 14 bits of plaintext as in Section 3.

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In the second anticipated, and did not influence the behaviour of the server phase, the attacker can exploit his knowledge of these 14 in our attack in any other way. Without this modification, bits: he now observes each new SSH connection and waits testing and development would have been far more time- until an IV appears on the channel which guarantees that the consuming. Of course, a real attacker does not get to increase length check will be passed if the current target ciphertext his success probability in this way!

This just involves comparing the first 14 modification. On average, the into the SSH connection and then subsequent bytes and attacker will have to observe about SSH packets until a blocks should the length check and block length check pass. Then This thread also monitors the server for responses. The third Length Check c. Section 2. We are grateful to an in this case, the failure of this check is indicated by the anonymous referee for pointing this out.

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We may above. Instead, he merely needs to be able to learn the value distinguish this failure from the length check failure above of that IV at an appropriate point in the attack.

Experimental Validation and the SSH server. Using a local virtual network has the advantage wire is not a sufficient indication that both the length check that we can ignore any latency issues, since the transport is and block length check have passed and that the desired wait almost instantaneous.

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