GLSA 200902-01 sudo: Privilege escalation
Posted on: 02/07/2009 02:20 PM

A new security update has been released for Gentoo Linux - sudo: Privilege escalation. Here the announcement:

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200902-01
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: High
Title: sudo: Privilege escalation
Date: February 06, 2009
Bugs: #256633
ID: 200902-01

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Synopsis
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A vulnerability in sudo may allow for privilege escalation.

Background
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sudo allows a system administrator to give users the ability to run
commands as other users.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 app-admin/sudo lt; 1.7.0 gt;= 1.7.0

Description
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Harald Koenig discovered that sudo incorrectly handles group
specifications in Runas_Alias (and related) entries when a group is
specified in the list (using %group syntax, to allow a user to run
commands as any member of that group) and the user is already a member
of that group.

Impact
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A local attacker could possibly run commands as an arbitrary system
user (including root).

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All sudo users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=app-admin/sudo-1.7.0"

References
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[ 1 ] CVE-2009-0034
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2009-0034

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-200902-01.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 2009 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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