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Bug 49536 - sys-apps/utempter potential symlink vulnerability
Summary: sys-apps/utempter potential symlink vulnerability
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Security
Classification: Unclassified
Component: GLSA Errors (show other bugs)
Hardware: All Linux
: High critical (vote)
Assignee: Gentoo Security
Depends on:
Reported: 2004-04-30 13:45 UTC by gen2daniel
Modified: 2004-05-13 09:34 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Runtime testing required: ---
klieber: Assigned_To? (klieber)


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Description gen2daniel 2004-04-30 13:45:34 UTC
Steve Grubb discovered a flaw in Utempter which allowed device names
containing directory traversal sequences such as '/../'.  In combination
with an application that trusts the utmp or wtmp files, this could allow a
local attacker the ability to overwrite privileged files using a symlink.

Users should upgrade to this new version of utempter, which fixes this

Reproducible: Always
Steps to Reproduce:
Comment 1 Donnie Berkholz (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2004-05-02 10:04:46 UTC
I'll look into this and try to get it updated today or tomorrow at the latest.
Comment 2 Seemant Kulleen (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2004-05-03 14:16:12 UTC
5.5.4 added into portage -- amd64 and arm people, please mark stable and let us know when you have.
Comment 3 SpanKY gentoo-dev 2004-05-03 14:28:47 UTC
arm stable ;)
Comment 4 Thierry Carrez (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2004-05-10 05:10:16 UTC
Still waiting for amd64 to mark stable.
Comment 5 Jon Portnoy (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2004-05-10 09:05:24 UTC
Comment 6 Thierry Carrez (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2004-05-10 11:51:42 UTC
Thanks. This one is now ready for a GLSA
Comment 7 Kurt Lieber (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2004-05-13 09:34:12 UTC
GLSA 200405-05