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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   eCryptfs Vendors:   ecryptfs.sourceforge.net
eCryptfs Writes the Mount Passphrase to Log Files
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1022347
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1022347
CVE Reference:   CVE-2009-1296   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Jun 9 2009
Impact:   Disclosure of authentication information
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  

Description:   A vulnerability was reported in eCryptfs. A local user may be able to obtain the mount passphrase.

When an eCryptfs home directory is selected during installation, the mount passphrase is written to the installation log files [which are readable only by the root user].

Ubuntu is affected. Other distributions may also be affected.

Chris Jones reported this vulnerability.

Impact:   A local user with root privileges can obtain the mount password.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a fix, available at:

http://bazaar.launchpad.net/~ecryptfs/ecryptfs/ecryptfs-utils/revision/403

A fix is also available for Ubuntu Linux.

The Ubuntu advisory is available at:

http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-783-1

Cause:   Access control error
Underlying OS:  Linux (Any)

Message History:   None.


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