GLSA 200903-39 pam_krb5: Privilege escalation
Posted on: 03/25/2009 11:50 PM

A new security update has been released for Gentoo Linux - pam_krb5: Privilege escalation. Here the announcement:

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200903-39
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: High
Title: pam_krb5: Privilege escalation
Date: March 25, 2009
Bugs: #257075
ID: 200903-39

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Synopsis
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Two vulnerabilities in pam_krb5 might allow local users to elevate
their privileges or overwrite arbitrary files.

Background
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pam_krb5 is a a Kerberos v5 PAM module.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 sys-auth/pam_krb5 lt; 3.12 gt;= 3.12

Description
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The following vulnerabilities were discovered:

* pam_krb5 does not properly initialize the Kerberos libraries for
setuid use (CVE-2009-0360).

* Derek Chan reported that calls to pam_setcred() are not properly
handled when running setuid (CVE-2009-0361).

Impact
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A local attacker could set an environment variable to point to a
specially crafted Kerberos configuration file and launch a PAM-based
setuid application to elevate privileges, or change ownership and
overwrite arbitrary files.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All pam_krb5 users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=sys-auth/pam_krb5-3.12"

References
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[ 1 ] CVE-2009-0360
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2009-0360
[ 2 ] CVE-2009-0361
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2009-0361

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-200903-39.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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