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2018-10 Security Bulletin: NFX Series: Insecure sshd configuration in Juniper Device Manager (JDM) and host OS (CVE-2018-0044)

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Product Affected:
This issue affects Junos OS 18.1 on NFX platforms.

An insecure SSHD configuration in Juniper Device Manager (JDM) and host OS on Juniper NFX Series devices may allow remote unauthenticated access if any of the passwords on the system are empty. The affected SSHD configuration has the PermitEmptyPasswords option set to "yes".

Affected releases are Juniper Networks Junos OS:

  • 18.1 versions prior to 18.1R4 on NFX Series.

This issue is only exploitable when there are user or system accounts with blank or empty passwords configured on JDM or host OS.

Juniper SIRT is not aware of any malicious exploitation of this vulnerability.

This issue was found during internal product security testing or research.

This issue has been assigned CVE-2018-0044.


PermitEmptyPasswords option has been set to no by default in the fixed versions of Junos OS.

The following software releases have been updated to resolve this specific issue: 18.1R4, 18.2R1 and all subsequent releases.

This issue is being tracked as PR 1344176 which is visible on the Customer Support website.

Note: Juniper SIRT's policy is not to evaluate releases which are beyond End of Engineering (EOE) or End of Life (EOL).


Ensure all the accounts on the JDM and host OS are configured with a password.

Ensure that /etc/ssh/sshd_config file on JDM and host OS have the configuration

PermitEmptyPasswords no


Software Releases, patches and updates are available at
Modification History:
2018-10-10: Initial publication

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CVSS Score:
9.8 (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H)
Severity Level:
Severity Assessment:
Information for how Juniper Networks uses CVSS can be found at KB 16446 "Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) and Juniper's Security Advisories."