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Re: [PLUG] Removing ciphers from an old Open-SSH server

The Mozilla Security Wiki is a great resource to get both familiar with
what is involved and also to find a great vetted list of ciphers to use.

They have one Web Servers and also one for OpenSSH - while your OpenSSH
is very old, you should still find relevant information about it.

On 9/12/17 08:47, Michael Leone wrote:
> I've got an old Red Hat 5.11 server (yes, I know, it should be
> upgraded), that's running OpenSSH 4.3 (based on open-ssl 0.9.8). A
> consultant penetration test came up with a number of issues; the ones
> related to this server deal mostly with the SSH service. Specifically,
> allowing "Arcfour algorithms" and "Cipher Block Chaining mode ciphers". 
> However, all my searches seem to presume a much newer version of
> OpenSSH. I see a lot of pages on how to add any ciphers you want
> disallowed (such as:
> But my sshd-config doesn't have any such ciphers listed (even as
> comments). And as such, I don't know if that will work. And before I go
> messing around with a production server, I figured I would ask first.
> Anybody done anything similar (disallowing ciphers, etc)? ideally with
> an old OpenSSh like mine?
> What I really need to do is upgrade the whole server, but that's a
> project, and one I would need to research, so I don't screw it up. This
> server accepts SFTP uploads on my DMZ, and in turn, I have a script on a
> trusted LAN server that reaches into this server (using trusted keys),
> runs a script there; assembles all uploaded files, and copies them into
> the trusted LAN. (which this list helped me out hugely, a few years
> back, so thanks!) And I would need to make sure I don't mess that up.
> Anyway, cipher disallowing thoughts?
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