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Security Advisories: GSA_kwCzR0hTQS03MnA4LXY0aGctdjQ1cM4AArTX

Weak private key generation in SSH.NET

During an X25519 key exchange, the client’s private is generated with System.Random:

var rnd = new Random();
_privateKey = new byte[MontgomeryCurve25519.PrivateKeySizeInBytes];

Source: KeyExchangeECCurve25519.cs
Source commit:

System.Random is not a cryptographically secure random number generator, it must therefore not be used for cryptographic purposes.


When establishing an SSH connection to a remote host, during the X25519 key exchange, the private key is generated with
a weak random number generator whose seed can be bruteforced. This allows an attacker able to eavesdrop the
communications to decrypt them.


To ensure you're not affected by this vulnerability, you can disable support for curve25519-sha256 and [email protected] key exchange algorithms by invoking the following method before a connection is established:

private static void RemoveUnsecureKEX(BaseClient client)
    client.ConnectionInfo.KeyExchangeAlgorithms.Remove("[email protected]");


This issue was initially reported by Siemens AG, Digital Industries, shortly followed by @yaumn-synacktiv.

Source: GitHub Advisory Database
Origin: Unspecified
Severity: Moderate
Classification: General
Published: almost 2 years ago
Updated: about 1 year ago

CVSS Score: 6.5
CVSS vector: CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:U/C:H/I:N/A:N

Identifiers: GHSA-72p8-v4hg-v45p, CVE-2022-29245
References: Repository:
Blast Radius: 1.0

Affected Packages

Dependent packages: 0
Dependent repositories: 0
Downloads: 105,962,506 total
Affected Version Ranges: < 2020.0.2
Fixed in: 2020.0.2
All affected versions: 2011.7.29, 2011.9.28, 2011.12.7, 2012.3.9, 2012.12.3, 2012.20.12, 2012.21.12, 2013.1.8, 2013.1.27, 2013.4.7, 2016.0.0, 2016.1.0, 2020.0.0, 2020.0.1
All unaffected versions: 2020.0.2, 2023.0.0, 2023.0.1, 2024.0.0