regreSSHion OpenSSH RCE Bug (CVE-2024-6387): What You Need to Know

regreSSHion OpenSSH RCE Bug (CVE-2024-6387): What You Need to Know

regreSSHion OpenSSH RCE Bug (CVE-2024-6387): Introduction

Another day, another trending RCE vulnerability.

A recently discovered vulnerability, regreSSHion OpenSSH RCE bug, designated as CVE-2024-6387, has the potential to affect embedded devices, such as vehicles and medical devices. This critical remote code execution (RCE) vulnerability, discovered in OpenSSH, has the potential to allow attackers to gain root access to Linux servers. Staying informed and taking immediate action is crucial to safeguarding your systems against such high-severity vulnerabilities.

What You'll Learn

In this blog, we will delve into the following areas:

  • What this vulnerability is, and how it can be exploited
  • How do you determine if you’re affected
  • The steps to fix it

What is the regreSSHion OpenSSH RCE Bug (CVE-2024-6387)?

The regreSSHion OpenSSH RCE bug (CVE-2024-6387) is a critical vulnerability found in OpenSSH 9.8 that allows an attacker to execute arbitrary code remotely. OpenSSH, a widely-used implementation of the Secure Shell (SSH) protocol, is a critical component in securing network communications and remote server management. The vulnerability arises from a flaw in how OpenSSH handles network input, leading to a buffer overflow that can be exploited to gain unauthorized access with root privileges.

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Technical Details

The vulnerability specifically affects the sshd daemon, the OpenSSH server. The issue lies in the packet handling routines, where improper bounds checking allows an attacker to send a specially crafted sequence of packets to overflow a buffer. This overflow can overwrite memory regions, leading to arbitrary code execution.

How Can the regreSSHion OpenSSH RCE Bug be Exploited?

The exploitation process for CVE-2024-6387 involves several steps, primarily focusing on sending a sequence of malicious packets to the vulnerable OpenSSH server. Here is a more detailed breakdown of the exploitation process:

  1. Identify Vulnerable Systems: An attacker first scans the network to identify servers running OpenSSH version 9.8.
  2. Craft Malicious Packets: The attacker creates a sequence of packets designed to exploit the buffer overflow in the packet handling code.
  3. Send Malicious Packets: These packets are sent to the target server over the network.
  4. Execute Arbitrary Code: By successfully triggering the buffer overflow, the attacker can overwrite critical memory regions and gain control over the execution flow, leading to remote code execution with root privileges.

One of the main reasons this exploit is so critical is due to the fact it does not require authentication, making it exceptionally dangerous as it can be executed remotely by anyone with network access to the vulnerable server.

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How to Know if You’re Affected

To determine if your system is affected by CVE-2024-6387, follow these steps:

  1. Check OpenSSH Version: Verify the version of OpenSSH running on your server
  2. Review System Logs: Examine your system logs for any unusual or suspicious activity that may indicate exploitation attempts. Look for unexpected SSH connections or anomalies in network traffic.
  3. Use Vulnerability Management Solutions: Utilize solutions like Cybellum’s Product Security Platform to analyze your products for this specific vulnerability. These solutions will not only provide detailed reports on affected systems and recommended remediation steps, but also allow you to manage vulnerabilities and assurance activities in general.
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How to Fix the regreSSHion OpenSSH RCE Bug

Fixing CVE-2024-6387 involves updating OpenSSH to a version that has addressed the vulnerability. The OpenSSH development team has released version 9.8p1, which includes the necessary patches. Follow these steps to update your OpenSSH installation:

  1. Update Package List
  2. Install OpenSSH Update
  3. Verify Installation

Ensure that the reported version is 9.8p1 or later, confirming that your system is no longer vulnerable to the regreSSHion bug.

How Cybellum's Product Security Platform Can Help

Cybellum’s Product Security Platform offers comprehensive tools to detect, manage, and remediate vulnerabilities in your connected devices and infrastructure. With advanced vulnerability scanning and real-time monitoring, Cybellum ensures that you stay ahead of potential threats like CVE-2024-6387.

Key Features:

  • Automated Vulnerability Detection & Management: Quickly identify and assess vulnerabilities in your devices.
  • Detailed Reporting: Receive actionable insights and remediation steps to address security flaws.
  • Real-Time Monitoring: Continuously monitor your devices for suspicious activity and potential exploits.
  • Compliance Management: Automatically produce regulatory reports.


The regreSSHion OpenSSH RCE bug (CVE-2024-6387) underscores the critical importance of staying vigilant and proactive in cybersecurity. By understanding the nature of this vulnerability, how it can be exploited, and the steps necessary to remediate it, you can better protect your systems from potential attacks. Regular updates, continuous monitoring, and adherence to best security practices are essential components of a robust cybersecurity strategy.