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Bug#807239: marked as done (openssh-client: ssh complains on host key type even when host key checking is disabled)

Your message dated Wed, 9 Dec 2015 15:18:44 +0000
with message-id <[🔎] 20151209151844.GL2181@riva.ucam.org>
and subject line Re: Bug#807239: lftp: can no longer connect with sftp (no matching host key type found)
has caused the Debian Bug report #807239,
regarding openssh-client: ssh complains on host key type even when host key checking is disabled
to be marked as done.

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Package: lftp
Version: 4.6.3a-1+b1
Severity: grave
Justification: renders package unusable

After a system upgrade, lftp can no longer connect with sftp.
When I type "dir", I get the error:

`ls' at 0 [Unable to negotiate with no matching host key type found. Their offer: ssh-dss]

4 days ago, I had no problems.

On another machine on the same local network, which hasn't had the
latest upgrades yet, lftp still works (same commands).

-- System Information:
Debian Release: stretch/sid
  APT prefers stable-updates
  APT policy: (500, 'stable-updates'), (500, 'unstable'), (500, 'testing'), (500, 'stable'), (1, 'experimental')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 4.2.0-1-amd64 (SMP w/8 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=POSIX, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash
Init: systemd (via /run/systemd/system)

Versions of packages lftp depends on:
ii  libc6              2.21-3
ii  libgcc1            1:5.3.1-1
ii  libgnutls-deb0-28  3.3.18-1
ii  libidn11           1.32-3
ii  libreadline6       6.3-8+b4
ii  libstdc++6         5.3.1-1
ii  libtinfo5          6.0+20151024-2
ii  netbase            5.3
ii  zlib1g             1:1.2.8.dfsg-2+b1

lftp recommends no packages.

lftp suggests no packages.

-- no debconf information

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On Wed, Dec 09, 2015 at 10:06:32AM +0100, Vincent Lefevre wrote:
> On 2015-12-08 20:33:27 -0800, Russ Allbery wrote:
> > I think Colin is still working on making sure this change is visible
> > enough to everyone it affects, but see the changelog in openssh-client:
> > 
> >     - Support for ssh-dss, ssh-dss-cert-* host and user keys is disabled by
> >       default at run-time.  These may be re-enabled using the instructions
> >       at http://www.openssh.com/legacy.html
> I actually saw this page after googling the error message (not very
> easy because with lftp, the error message disappears very quickly,
> the part about ssh-dss isn't even visible with a 80-column terminal).
> This should have been put at least in the NEWS.Debian file.

I added a NEWS.Debian file in 1:7.1p1-2, currently waiting in NEW.

> > It sounds like the remote host to which you're trying to connect only
> > offers ssh-dss keys, which are no longer supported by default (following
> > upstream) because they're not very secure.
> This from is a SSH server for Android (and the user doesn't seem
> to have a choice for the type of the host key).

Please report this to the maintainers of that server.  In the meantime
you'll have to use legacy options.

> > This is unrelated to host key checking or IP checking.  It's about the
> > type of underlying crypto being used to secure the connection.
> According to what is documented, this appears to be related to
> host key checking: the error mesage is "no matching *host key*
> type found" and the option name is HostKeyAlgorithms. In what
> way it could be insecure in the case where the user doesn't have
> the key in the ~/.ssh/known_hosts file?

Weak host keys make it easier to conduct man-in-the-middle attacks.

This isn't a change I'm going to revert in Debian, I'm afraid, but I
hope that the upcoming NEWS.Debian change helps.

Colin Watson                                       [cjwatson@debian.org]

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