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Category:   Application (Multimedia)  >   cdrtools Vendors:   Schilling, J.
(Gentoo Issues Fix) cdrtools Lets Local Users Obtain Root Privileges
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1011277
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1011277
CVE Reference:   CVE-2004-0806   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Sep 15 2004
Impact:   Root access via local system
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 2.00.3
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in cdrecord (cdrtools). A local user may be able to obtain elevated privileges.

A linux distribution vendor reported that a local user can exploit a flaw in cdrecord to obtain root privileges on the target system.

Max Vozeler is credited with discovering this flaw.

Impact:   A local user can obtain root privileges.
Solution:   Gentoo has released a fix and indicates that all cdrtools users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge sync

# emerge -pv ">=app-cdr/cdrtools-2.01_alpha37-r1"
# emerge ">=app-cdr/cdrtools-2.01_alpha37-r1"

Vendor URL:  www.fokus.fhg.de/research/cc/glone/employees/joerg.schilling/private/cdrecord.html (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Not specified
Underlying OS:  Linux (Gentoo)

Message History:   This archive entry is a follow-up to the message listed below.
Aug 30 2004 cdrtools Lets Local Users Obtain Root Privileges



 Source Message Contents

Subject:  [gentoo-announce] [ GLSA 200409-18 ] cdrtools: Local root vulnerability in cdrecord if set SUID root


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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory                           GLSA 200409-18
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  Severity: High
     Title: cdrtools: Local root vulnerability in cdrecord if set SUID
            root
      Date: September 14, 2004
      Bugs: #63187
        ID: 200409-18

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Synopsis
========

cdrecord, if manually set SUID root, is vulnerable to a local root
exploit allowing users to escalate privileges.

Background
==========

The cdrtools package is a set of tools for CD recording, including the
popular cdrecord command-line utility.

Affected packages
=================

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     Package           /     Vulnerable     /               Unaffected
    -------------------------------------------------------------------
  1  app-cdr/cdrtools      <= 2.01_alpha37          >= 2.01_alpha37-r1
                                                   *>= 2.01_alpha28-r2

Description
===========

Max Vozeler discovered that the cdrecord utility, when set to SUID
root, fails to drop root privileges before executing a user-supplied
RSH program. By default, Gentoo does not ship the cdrecord utility as
SUID root and therefore is not vulnerable. However, many users (and
CD-burning front-ends) set this manually after installation.

Impact
======

A local attacker could specify a malicious program using the $RSH
environment variable and have it executed by the SUID cdrecord,
resulting in root privileges escalation.

Workaround
==========

As a workaround, you could remove the SUID rights from your cdrecord
utility :

    # chmod a-s /usr/bin/cdrecord

Resolution
==========

All cdrtools users should upgrade to the latest version:

    # emerge sync

    # emerge -pv ">=app-cdr/cdrtools-2.01_alpha37-r1"
    # emerge ">=app-cdr/cdrtools-2.01_alpha37-r1"

References
==========

  [ 1 ] CAN-2004-0806
        http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CAN-2004-0806

Availability
============

This GLSA and any updates to it are available for viewing at
the Gentoo Security Website:

  http://security.gentoo.org/glsa/glsa-200409-18.xml

Concerns?
=========

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 2004 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/1.0

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