OpenSSL Security Advisory [11 Jun 2015]

Carmel NY carmel_ny at
Sat Jun 13 13:18:20 UTC 2015

On Sat, 13 Jun 2015 14:48:04 +0200, Michelle Sullivan stated:

>Carmel NY wrote:
>> On Sat, 13 Jun 2015 12:36:44 +0100, Matt Smith stated:
>>> The other alternatives are as you say, put /usr/local/bin before 
>>> /usr/bin in the $PATH. Or add an alias for commands like ssh to point to 
>>> the ports version. These methods aren't quite as clean though.
>> Swapping the PATH can, in a few instances, really mess up attempting to
>> build a port. I finally gave up and used the "alias" idea for openssl. It
>> appears to work Okay.
>From a security aspect...
>Do all your users alias?  (assumption: its more than just you on the system)
>Do you check the alias is set everytime you login to a session?
>If you change to another shell for any reason is the alias persistent? 
>(eg as root (defaults to csh) some times I have to do: sh -c 'for a in x
>y z ; do ( cd ${a} && rsync -e ssh remote.server:/path ) ; done' ) - and
>do other users know that this would be wrong?
>See the point I mean?
>For the security conscious one would know to use the full path of ssh,
>most do not do this... a large percentage have no idea that they would
>even need to let alone remember.
>PS: There is a workaround for ssh clients in /etc/ssh/ssh_config to stop
>it falling back to "insecure" protocols - though every freebsd-update
>attempts to change this file back to the default... fortunately I have
>puppet to reset the file in the event of me missing the update/reset.

alias openssl='/usr/local/bin/openssl'

I use bash as my shell.  I have this set in the ~/.bashrc file:

if [ -f ~/.bash_aliases ]; then
 . ~/.bash_aliases

The ~/.bashrc file contains all of my predefined aliases.

$ openssl version
OpenSSL 1.0.2c 12 Jun 2015

# openssl version
OpenSSL 1.0.2c 12 Jun 2015

$ sudo openssl version
OpenSSL 1.0.1l-freebsd 15 Jan 2015

I probably should find a way to fix the "sudo" command; however, since I
rarely use it, I don't know if I will bother.

For all pratical purposes, I am the only system user.


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