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Bug 631552

Summary: sys-cluster/slurm: root privilege escalation via "chown -R" in pkg_postinst
Product: Gentoo Security Reporter: Michael Orlitzky <mjo>
Component: AuditingAssignee: Gentoo Security <security>
Status: CONFIRMED ---    
Severity: normal CC: alexxy, bircoph, cluster, jlec, jsbronder, mschiff, pchrist, prometheanfire, security-audit, ultrabug
Priority: Normal    
Version: unspecified   
Hardware: All   
OS: Linux   
Package list:
Runtime testing required: ---

Description Michael Orlitzky gentoo-dev 2017-09-20 17:32:34 UTC
The ebuilds for slurm call "chown -R" on the live root filesystem in pkg_postinst:

  create_folders_and_fix_permissions() {
      einfo "Fixing permissions in ${@}"
      mkdir -p ${@}
      chown -R ${PN}:${PN} ${@}

  pkg_postinst() {
      for folder_path in ${paths[@]}; do
        create_folders_and_fix_permissions $folder_path

That can be exploited by the "slurm" user to gain root. If a hard link pointing to a root-owned file is placed in one of those $paths, then the next time slurm is reinstalled or upgraded, the "chown -R" will affect the target of the link and give ownership of the file to slurm:slurm.

For example,

  1. emerge slurm
  2. su -s /bin/sh -c 'ln /etc/passwd /var/slurm' slurm
  3. emerge slurm
  4. /etc/passwd is owned by slurm:slurm
Comment 1 Robin Johnson archtester Gentoo Infrastructure gentoo-dev Security 2020-04-03 23:16:21 UTC
Unrestricting and reassigning to security@ per bug #705894
Comment 2 Robin Johnson archtester Gentoo Infrastructure gentoo-dev Security 2020-04-03 23:18:05 UTC
unrestricting per bug 705894