Bug exposes OpenSSH servers to brute-force password guessing attacks

A bug in OpenSSH, the most popular software for secure remote access to UNIX-based systems, could allow attackers to bypass authentication retry restrictions and execute many password guesses.

A security researcher who uses the online alias Kingcope disclosed the issue on his blog last week, but he waited until Tuesday to request a public vulnerability ID to be assigned.

By default, OpenSSH servers allow six authentication retries before closing a connection and the OpenSSH client...

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