GLSA 200612-19 pam_ldap: Authentication bypass vulnerability
Posted on: 12/20/2006 10:45 PM

A new security update has been released for Gentoo Linux - pam_ldap: Authentication bypass vulnerability. Here the announcement:

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200612-19
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Low
Title: pam_ldap: Authentication bypass vulnerability
Date: December 20, 2006
Bugs: #153916
ID: 200612-19

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Synopsis
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pam_ldap contains a vulnerability that may allow a remote user with a
locked account to gain unauthorized system access.

Background
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pam_ldap is a Pluggable Authentication Module which allows
authentication against LDAP directories.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 sys-auth/pam_ldap lt; 183 gt;= 183

Description
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Steve Rigler discovered that pam_ldap does not correctly handle
"PasswordPolicyResponse" control responses from an LDAP directory. This
causes the pam_authenticate() function to always succeed, even if the
previous authentication failed.

Impact
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A locked user may exploit this vulnerability to bypass the LDAP
authentication mechanism, possibly gaining unauthorized access to the
system.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All pam_ldap users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=sys-auth/pam_ldap-183"

References
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[ 1 ] CVE-2006-5170
http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2006-5170

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-200612-19.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 2006 Gentoo Foundation, 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/2.5



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