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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   HylaFAX Vendors:   Hylafax.org
(Gentoo Issues Fix) HylaFAX Validation Error Lets Remote Users Gain Access
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1012848
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1012848
CVE Reference:   CVE-2004-1182   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Jan 12 2005
Impact:   User access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 4.0pl0 - 4.2
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in HylaFAX in the validation of users against the 'hosts.hfaxd' database. A remote user may be able to gain access.

Lee Howard reported that in certain cases, the software incorrectly compares the user-supplied username with an entry in the 'hosts.hfaxd' database. If the username does not contain the '@' character, then hfaxd will authenticate any user from the specified host. A remote user can supply a specially crafted hostname that matches an entry in the database and that (per the 'hosts.hfaxd' database) does not require a password to login to the service.

Impact:   A remote user may be able to gain access to the service.
Solution:   Gentoo has released a fix and indicates that all HylaFAX users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=net-misc/hylafax-4.2.0-r2"

Vendor URL:  www.hylafax.org/ (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Authentication error
Underlying OS:  Linux (Gentoo)

Message History:   This archive entry is a follow-up to the message listed below.
Jan 12 2005 HylaFAX Validation Error Lets Remote Users Gain Access



 Source Message Contents

Subject:  [gentoo-announce] [ GLSA 200501-21 ] HylaFAX: hfaxd unauthorized login vulnerability


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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory                           GLSA 200501-21
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  Severity: Normal
     Title: HylaFAX: hfaxd unauthorized login vulnerability
      Date: January 11, 2005
      Bugs: #75941
        ID: 200501-21

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Synopsis
========

HylaFAX is subject to a vulnerability in its username matching code,
potentially allowing remote users to bypass access control lists.

Background
==========

HylaFAX is a software package for sending and receiving facsimile
messages.

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

    -------------------------------------------------------------------
     Package           /  Vulnerable  /                     Unaffected
    -------------------------------------------------------------------
  1  net-misc/hylafax     < 4.2.0-r2                       >= 4.2.0-r2

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

The code used by hfaxd to match a given username and hostname with an
entry in the hosts.hfaxd file is insufficiently protected against
malicious entries.

Impact
======

If the HylaFAX installation uses a weak hosts.hfaxd file, a remote
attacker could authenticate using a malicious username or hostname and
bypass the intended access restrictions.

Workaround
==========

As a workaround, administrators may consider adding passwords to all
entries in the hosts.hfaxd file.

Resolution
==========

All HylaFAX users should upgrade to the latest version:

    # emerge --sync
    # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=net-misc/hylafax-4.2.0-r2"

Note: Due to heightened security, weak entries in the hosts.hfaxd file
may no longer work. Please see the HylaFAX documentation for details of
accepted syntax in the hosts.hfaxd file.

References
==========

  [ 1 ] CAN-2004-1182
        http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CAN-2004-1182
  [ 2 ] HylaFAX Announcement
        http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?l=hylafax&m=110545119911558&w=2

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

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

  http://security.gentoo.org/glsa/glsa-200501-21.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
=======

Copyright 2005 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/2.0


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