Bug 1282542 (CVE-2015-7529)

Summary: CVE-2015-7529 sos: Usage of predictable temporary files allows privilege escalation
Product: [Other] Security Response Reporter: Adam Mariš <amaris>
Component: vulnerabilityAssignee: Red Hat Product Security <security-response-team>
Status: CLOSED ERRATA QA Contact:
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Priority: medium    
Version: unspecifiedCC: abaron, agk, aortega, apevec, ayoung, bmr, chrisw, cperry, dallan, dhoward, dkutalek, gavin, gkotton, gmollett, huzaifas, jschluet, lhh, lpeer, lyarwood, markmc, mflitter, mguzik, plambri, pmatouse, pmoravec, rbryant, sbradley, sclewis, security-response-team, tdecacqu
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Hardware: All   
OS: Linux   
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An insecure temporary file use flaw was found in the way sos created certain sosreport files. A local attacker could possibly use this flaw to perform a symbolic link attack to reveal the contents of sosreport files, or in some cases modify arbitrary files and escalate their privileges on the system.
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Last Closed: 2016-12-21 01:13:53 UTC Type: ---
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Bug Depends On: 1286933, 1286934, 1290953, 1290954, 1290955, 1310409, 1310466    
Bug Blocks: 1282568    
Description Flags
[policies] move hash determination to policies
[policies] refactor Policy.display_results() args
[sosreport] move archive checksumming to sosreport
[sosreport] prepare report in a private subdirectory none

Description Adam Mariš 2015-11-16 17:14:35 UTC
A vulnerability in sosreport was reported, allowing a privilege escalation to unprivileged attacker on RHEL-6, and change the owner and content of certain files on RHEL-7.

sosreport creates temporary directory in /tmp with predictable name sosreport-$hostname-$date with permissions set to 700. Then it creates a tar file with the aforementioned name + .tar suffix. Further it invokes open() with no O_NOFOLLOW nor O_EXCL set, which can be exploited by placing a file or a symlink in its place.

Attacker can create his own file to steal the content or can create a symlink to create/modify arbitrary files. On RHEL-7, there is fs.protected_symlinks sysctl provided, which closes this vector. With the setting target of the symlink must match symlink's owner. On RHEL-6 this feature is missing, so the attacker is able to modify arbitrary files and escalate privileges.

Comment 1 Bryn M. Reeves 2015-11-16 18:03:49 UTC
> sosreport creates temporary directory in /tmp with predictable name 
> sosreport-$hostname-$date"

The name of the directory is not predictable - it's the fact that we then re-use that (now published in the file system) name for the final tar archive that allows a malicious user to predict the archive path name.

I expect to push a fix for this upstream in the next couple of days however due to product integration needs we may need to use a slightly different approach in any urgent erratas.

Comment 3 Adam Mariš 2015-11-16 18:46:35 UTC

This issue was discovered by Mateusz Guzik of Red Hat.

Comment 13 Bryn M. Reeves 2015-11-20 19:04:06 UTC
Created attachment 1097279 [details]
[policies] move hash determination to policies

Comment 14 Bryn M. Reeves 2015-11-20 19:04:53 UTC
Created attachment 1097280 [details]
[policies] refactor Policy.display_results() args

Comment 15 Bryn M. Reeves 2015-11-20 19:05:27 UTC
Created attachment 1097281 [details]
[sosreport] move archive checksumming to sosreport

Comment 16 Bryn M. Reeves 2015-11-20 19:06:16 UTC
Created attachment 1097283 [details]
[sosreport] prepare report in a private subdirectory

Comment 25 Huzaifa S. Sidhpurwala 2015-12-01 06:30:46 UTC
Created sos tracking bugs for this issue:

Affects: fedora-all [bug 1286934]

Comment 50 Fedora Update System 2015-12-28 22:55:25 UTC
sos-3.2-2.fc23 has been pushed to the Fedora 23 stable repository. If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.

Comment 51 errata-xmlrpc 2016-02-09 08:44:11 UTC
This issue has been addressed in the following products:

  Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6

Via RHSA-2016:0152 https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2016-0152.html

Comment 52 errata-xmlrpc 2016-02-16 10:39:02 UTC
This issue has been addressed in the following products:

  Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7

Via RHSA-2016:0188 https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2016-0188.html