GLSA 200903-24 Shadow: Privilege escalation
Posted on: 03/11/2009 12:50 AM

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

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200903-24
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: High
Title: Shadow: Privilege escalation
Date: March 10, 2009
Bugs: #251320
ID: 200903-24

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Synopsis
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An insecure temporary file usage in Shadow may allow local users to
gain root privileges.

Background
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Shadow is a set of tools to deal with user accounts.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 sys-apps/shadow lt; 4.1.2.2 gt;= 4.1.2.2

Description
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Paul Szabo reported a race condition in the "login" executable when
setting up tty permissions.

Impact
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A local attacker belonging to the "utmp" group could use symlink
attacks to overwrite arbitrary files and possibly gain root privileges.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All Shadow users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=sys-apps/shadow-4.1.2.2"

References
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[ 1 ] CVE-2008-5394
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-5394

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-200903-24.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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