How to disable weak CBC Ciphers

Disabling weak CBC ciphers in ssh Redhat

by | Jul 18, 2021 | Linux, Security, Servers, Vulnerability | 0 comments

Today we will cover how to disable weak cbc ciphers in ssh server, after this you will pass cbc ciphers vulnerability.


Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.x


Tool used for vulnerability checking


There were 2 server affected in total so i will try to do explain in three parts, First part consist adding policy (optional), Second is enabling specific policy instead of default site-wide policy, Third part has 2 methods for me both has worked, you can choose one of them.

Step 1

First open terminal and type
  update-crypto-policies --show
by default you will get reply as


then please change it to FUTURE, for that type

  update-crypto-policies --set FUTURE
reboot server, most probably this wont work, for me also it didn’t work, i included this because in every tutorial it is mentioned. now go to step 2.

Step 2

to enable specific CRYPTO_POLICY instead of using system-wide policy, you need to uncomment the line ” CRYPTO_POLICY” from /etc/sysconfig/sshd

Open /etc/sysconfig/sshd and uncomment from  .


Step 3

Disable CBC Ciphers

Now we need to set SSHD specific policy for CBC ciphers, you can do this by modifying line found in /etc/ssh/sshd_config.
after adding method 1 to  /etc/ssh/sshd_config , during restarting ssh server you may face issue, just commend before public key, and it worked for me, to find why ssh server failed to start you can use following command.
  sshd -t
edit /etc/ssh/sshd_config and add following lines, in Method 1 you may face issue when trying to restart ssh server, type

Oh i forgot to mention that its always good to take back of config files before make any changes.

CBC Ciphers Method 1

[email protected],[email protected],aes256-ctr,[email protected],aes128-ctr GSSAPIKexAlgorithms=gss-gex-sha1-,gss-group14-sha1- [email protected],ecdh-sha2-nistp256,ecdh-sha2-nistp384,ecdh-sha2-nistp521,diffie-hellman-group-exchange-sha256,diffie-hellman-group14-sha256,diffie-hellman-group16-sha512,diffie-hellman-group18-sha512,diffie-hellman-group-exchange-sha1,diffie-hellman-group14-sha1 HostKeyAlgorithms=rsa-sha2-256,[email protected],ecdsa-sha2-nistp384,[email protected],rsa-sha2-512,ecdsa-sha2-nistp521,[email protected],ssh-ed25519,[email protected],ssh-rsa,[email protected] PubkeyAcceptedKeyTypes=rsa-sha2-256,ecdsa-sha2-nistp256,[email protected],ecdsa-sha2-nistp384,[email protected],rsa-sha2-512,ecdsa-sha2-nistp521,[email protected],ssh-ed25519,[email protected],ssh-rsa,[email protected]
restart sshd to apply changes, for that type



  systemctl restart sshd

CBC Ciphers Method 2

Protocol 2 HostKey /etc/ssh/ssh_host_ed25519_key HostKey /etc/ssh/ssh_host_rsa_key KexAlgorithms [email protected],diffie-hellman-group-exchange-sha256 Ciphers [email protected],[email protected],[email protected],aes256-ctr,aes192-ctr,aes128-ctr MACs [email protected],[email protected],[email protected],hmac-sha2-512,hmac-sha2-256,[email protected]
restart sshd to apply changes, for that type



  systemctl restart sshd
disabling weak cbc ciphers in ssh redhat

Now you can do vulnerability test again, it must be fix by now, Enjoy

Written By George Sruthin

Founder of, A Tech Enthusiast, Linux lover.

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