Bug in widely used OpenSSH opens servers to password cracking

A recently disclosed bug in OpenSSH software used to remotely access Internet-facing computers and servers allows attackers to make thousands of password guesses in a short period of time, a defect that could open systems to password cracking, a security researcher has warned.

Under normal circumstances, OpenSSH will allow just three or six login attempts before closing a connection, the researcher who goes by the moniker KingCope wrote in a blog post published last week. The recently...

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