GLSA 200911-04 dstat: Untrusted search path
Posted on: 11/25/2009 04:30 PM

A new security update has been released for Gentoo Linux - dstat: Untrusted search path. Here the announcement:

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200911-04
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: dstat: Untrusted search path
Date: November 25, 2009
Bugs: #293497
ID: 200911-04

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Synopsis
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An untrusted search path vulnerability in the dstat might result in the
execution of arbitrary code.

Background
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dstat is a versatile system resource monitor written in Python.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 sys-apps/dstat lt; 0.6.9-r1 gt;= 0.6.9-r1

Description
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Robert Buchholz of the Gentoo Security Team reported that dstat
includes the current working directory and subdirectories in the Python
module search path (sys.path) before calling "import".

Impact
======

A local attacker could entice a user to run "dstat" from a directory
containing a specially crafted Python module, resulting in the
execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running the
application.

Workaround
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Do not run "dstat" from untrusted working directories.

Resolution
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All dstat users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=sys-apps/dstat-0.6.9-r1"

References
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[ 1 ] CVE-2009-3894
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2009-3894

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-200911-04.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
https://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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