OpenBSD Multiple Authentication Vulnerabilities

Multiple authentication vulnerabilities in OpenBSD have been disclosed by Qualys Research Labs. The vulnerabilities are assigned following CVEs: CVE-2019-19522, CVE-2019-19521, CVE-2019-19520, CVE-2019-19519. OpenBSD developers have confirmed the vulnerabilities and also provided a quick response with patches published in less than 40 hours.

Vulnerability Details

  • CVE-2019-19521 – An authentication-bypass vulnerability in OpenBSD’s authentication system: this vulnerability is remotely exploitable in smtpd, ldapd, and radiusd, but its real-world impact should be studied on a case-by-case basis. For example, sshd is not exploitable thanks to its defense-in-depth mechanisms.
  • CVE-2019-19520 – Local privilege escalation via “xlock” – On OpenBSD, /usr/X11R6/bin/xlock is installed by default and is set-group-ID “auth”, not set-user-ID; the following check is therefore incomplete and should use issetugid() instead.
  • CVE-2019-19522: Local privilege escalation via “S/Key” and “YubiKey” – If the S/Key or YubiKey authentication type is enabled (they are both installed by default but disabled), then a local attacker can exploit the privileges of the group “auth” to obtain the full privileges of the user “root”.
  • CVE-2019-19519: Local privilege escalation via “su” – A local attacker can exploit su’s -L option to log in as themselves but with another user’s login class.

For technical details on this vulnerability, please see our security advisory.

Detecting the Vulnerability

Qualys has issued QID 38774 for Qualys Vulnerability Management that covers authentication vulnerabilities in OpenBSD. This QID is included in signature version VULNSIGS-2.4.762-6.

QID 38774 – This detection includes both remote and authenticated checks:

  • Remote – This detection sends a specifically crafted payload over LDAP and SMTP services to authenticate using “-schallenge” remotely.
  • Authenticated (OpenBSD) – This executes “syspatch -l” command to check for the presence of patch applied on the system.

You can search for this new QID in AssetView or within the VM Dashboard by using the following QQL query:

vulnerabilities.vulnerability.(cveId:`CVE-2019-19519` OR cveId:`CVE-2019-19520` OR cveId:`CVE-2019-19521` OR cveId:`CVE-2019-19522`)

Finding Vulnerable Hosts

The fastest way to locate vulnerable hosts is though the Qualys Threat Protection Live Feed as seen here:



To remediate this vulnerability, apply the latest patches for OpenBSD 6.5 and OpenBSD 6.6.

Qualys customers can scan their network with QID 38774 to detect vulnerable assets.

*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from The Laws of Vulnerabilities – Qualys Blog authored by Animesh Jain. Read the original post at: