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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   Backup Manager Vendors:   Sukrieh, Alexis et al
Backup Manager Discloses '/etc' Files to Local Users
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1014124
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2005-1855   (Links to External Site)
Updated:  Nov 2 2008
Original Entry Date:  Jun 7 2005
Impact:   Disclosure of system information, Disclosure of user information
Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  Exploit Included:  Yes  
Version(s): prior to 0.5.8
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Backup Manager. A local user can view potentially restricted files.

The software creates backup files in a world-readable location. In the default configuration, the software stores a world-readable tar file of the '/etc' directory in the '/var/backups' directory. This allows a local user to view the tar file to gain access to copies of the files from the '/etc' directory.

Jeroen Vermeulen reported this vulnerability.

Impact:   A local user can view copies of files from the '/etc' directory.
Solution:   The vendor has included a fix in the pending version 0.5.8, to be available at:

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error
Underlying OS:  Linux (Any), UNIX (Any)

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  backup-manager: secure repository

Creating a world-readable repository would be a serious security breach.
I may be mistaken, but AFAICS the installation script fails to check
this or warn about it.  It doesn't enforce it in any case; I just
realized I had a world-readable repository in a working setup.

Are there any steps that can be taken to encourage secure configuration,
e.g. creating the repository at installation time with root-only access
rights, or chmod'ing it if it already exists?  Or alternatively, create
the backups with root-only access rights and/or encrypt them.

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