Bug 1833042 (CVE-2020-10737)

Summary: CVE-2020-10737 oddjob: race condition in oddjob_selinux_mkdir function in mkhomedir.c can lead to symlink attack
Product: [Other] Security Response Reporter: Marco Benatto <mbenatto>
Component: vulnerabilityAssignee: Red Hat Product Security <security-response-team>
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Version: unspecifiedCC: abokovoy, nalin, rcritten
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Hardware: All   
OS: Linux   
Fixed In Version: oddjob-0.34.5, oddjob-0.34.6 Doc Type: If docs needed, set a value
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A race condition was found in the mkhomedir tool shipped with the oddjob package. During the home creation, mkhomedir copies the /etc/skel directory into the newly created home and changes its ownership to the home's user without properly checking the homedir path. This flaw allows an attacker to leverage this issue by creating a symlink point to a target folder, which then has its ownership transferred to the new home directory's unprivileged user.
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Bug Depends On: 1833051, 1833052, 1833043    
Bug Blocks: 1829972    

Description Marco Benatto 2020-05-07 17:29:04 UTC
There's a race condition in the mkhomedir tool at the function oddjob_selinux_mkdir(). During the home user creation, while copying /etc/skel to the newly created home directory. An attacker may leverage this by creating a symbolic link to a target privileged directory, as oddjob_selinux_mkdir() doesn't verify the symlink expansion and user permissions, it would end up changing the target folder ownership for an the unprivileged user which home is being created by the tool.

Comment 1 Marco Benatto 2020-05-07 17:29:08 UTC

Name: Matthias Gerstner (SUSE security team)

Comment 2 Marco Benatto 2020-05-07 17:29:41 UTC
Created oddjob tracking bugs for this issue:

Affects: fedora-all [bug 1833043]

Comment 9 Marco Benatto 2020-05-07 19:34:05 UTC
Upstream commit for this issue: