alpine 3.9
crypto weakness #24


Weakness Breakdown


This weakness involves creating non-standard or non-tested algorithms, using weak algorithms or applying cryptographic algorithms incorrectly. Algorithms that were once considered safe are commonly later found to be unsafe, as the algorithms were broken.

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The crypt functions use a poor one-way hashing algorithm; since they only accept passwords of 8 characters or fewer and only a two-byte salt, they are excessively vulnerable to dictionary attacks given today's faster computing equipment.

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The highlighted line of code below is the trigger point of this particular Alpine 3.9 crypto weakness.

             size_t method_len = (p ? (size_t)(p - s) : strlen((char *) s));

            if (kex_agree_instr(crypt, crypt_len, s, method_len)) {
                const LIBSSH2_CRYPT_METHOD *method =
                    (const LIBSSH2_CRYPT_METHOD *)
                    kex_get_method_by_name((char *) s, method_len,
                                           (const LIBSSH2_COMMON_METHOD **)

                if (!method) {
                    /* Invalid method -- Should never be reached */
                    return -1;

                endpoint->crypt = method;
                return 0;

            s = p ? p + 1 : NULL;
        return -1;

    while (*cryptp && (*cryptp)->name) {
        s = kex_agree_instr(crypt, crypt_len,
                            (unsigned char *) (*cryptp)->name,
        if (s) {
            endpoint->crypt = *cryptp;
            return 0;

    return -1;

/* kex_agree_mac
 * Agree on a message authentication hash
static int kex_agree_mac(LIBSSH2_SESSION * session,
                         libssh2_endpoint_data * endpoint, unsigned char *mac,
                         unsigned long mac_len)
    const LIBSSH2_MAC_METHOD **macp = _libssh2_mac_methods();
    unsigned char *s;
    (void) session;

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