GLSA 200405-05: Utempter symlink vulnerability
Posted on: 05/14/2004 04:08 AM

An Utempter package has been released

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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200405-05
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: Utempter symlink vulnerability
Date: May 13, 2004
Bugs: #49536
ID: 200405-05

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Synopsis
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Utempter contains a vulnerability that may allow local users to overwrite arbitrary files via a symlink attack.

Background
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Utempter is an application that allows non-privileged apps to write utmp (login) info, which otherwise needs root access.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 sys-apps/utempter < 0.5.5.4 >= 0.5.5.4

Description
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Utempter contains a vulnerability that may allow local users to overwrite arbitrary files via a symlink attack.

Impact
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This vulnerability may allow arbitrary files to be overwritten with root privileges.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time. All users are advised to upgrade to the latest available version of utempter.

Resolution
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All users of utempter should upgrade to the latest stable version:

# emerge sync

# emerge -pv ">=sys-apps/utempter-0.5.5.4"
# emerge ">=sys-apps/utempter-0.5.5.4"

References
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[ 1 ] CAN-2004-0233
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CAN-2004-0233

Availability
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This GLSA and any updates to it are available for viewing at the Gentoo Security Website:

http://security.gentoo.org/glsa/glsa-200405-05.xml

Concerns?
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Security is a primary focus of Gentoo Linux and ensuring the confidentiality and security of our users machines is of utmost importance to us. Any security concerns should be addressed to security@gentoo.org or alternatively, you may file a bug at http://bugs.gentoo.org.

License
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Copyright 2004 Gentoo Technologies, Inc; referenced text belongs to its owner(s).

The contents of this document are licensed under the Creative Commons - Attribution / Share Alike license.

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/1.0


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