GLSA 200710-18 util-linux: Local privilege escalation
Posted on: 10/18/2007 11:40 PM

A new security update has been released for Gentoo Linux - util-linux: Local privilege escalation. Here the announcement:

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200710-18
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: High
Title: util-linux: Local privilege escalation
Date: October 18, 2007
Bugs: #195390
ID: 200710-18

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Synopsis
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The mount and umount programs might allow local attackers to gain root
privileges.

Background
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util-linux is a suite of Linux programs including mount and umount,
programs used to mount and unmount filesystems.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 sys-apps/util-linux lt; 2.12r-r8 gt;= 2.12r-r8

Description
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Ludwig Nussel discovered that the check_special_mountprog() and
check_special_umountprog() functions call setuid() and setgid() in the
wrong order and do not check the return values, which can lead to
privileges being dropped improperly.

Impact
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A local attacker may be able to exploit this vulnerability by using
mount helpers such as the mount.nfs program to gain root privileges and
run arbitrary commands.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All util-linux users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=sys-apps/util-linux-2.12r-r8"

References
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[ 1 ] CVE-2007-5191
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2007-5191

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-200710-18.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 2007 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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