Bug 460425 (CVE-2008-4190)

Summary: CVE-2008-4190 openswan: Insecure auxiliary /tmp file usage (symlink attack possible)
Product: [Other] Security Response Reporter: Jan Lieskovsky <jlieskov>
Component: vulnerabilityAssignee: Red Hat Product Security <security-response-team>
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Version: unspecifiedCC: avagarwa, kreilly, pwouters, sgrubb
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Bug Depends On: 491907, 491908    
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Description Jan Lieskovsky 2008-08-28 08:52:09 UTC
The Openswan's IPSEC livetest tool is prone to symlink attacks.

Affected file: /usr/libexec/ipsec/livetest 

Relevant part of the code:

    39 wget -o /dev/null  -O /tmp/ipseclive.conn "$leftid&$leftrsasigkey&version=$version"
     41 sh < /tmp/ipseclive.conn
     42 ipsec eroute.pl
     43 leftid=`echo $leftid | sed "s/@//"`
     44 ipsec whack --delete --name olts-$leftid >> /tmp/ipsec.olts.local.log
     45 wget -o /dev/null -O /tmp/ipsec.olts.remote.log "$leftid"

A malicious user could precreate symlink to each of the files
(tmp/ipseclive.conn, /tmp/ipsec.olts.remote.log), which could allow
him to destroy the target of the symlink via running the
" # ipsec livetest" command by the superuser of the host.



Comment 1 Tomas Hoger 2008-09-29 10:52:28 UTC

The IPSEC livetest tool in Openswan 2.4.4 and earlier allows local
users to overwrite arbitrary files and execute arbitrary code via a
symlink attack on the (1) ipseclive.conn and (2) ipsec.olts.remote.log
temporary files.

Comment 2 Tomas Hoger 2008-09-30 09:17:40 UTC
To extend CVE description, this also affects 2.6.x versions (latest Fedora version is 2.6.16 and is affected by this problem).

Comment 3 Paul Wouters 2009-03-09 20:03:04 UTC
This is a bug, but no security issue whatsoever

- ipsec livetest is not called by anything anywhere. It is an incomplete feature.
- ipsec livetest contains the following code at the start of the script:

echo "currently not used"

Comment 4 Tomas Hoger 2009-03-10 08:59:53 UTC
OpenSwan version in all Fedora versions is based on 2.6.19, which does contain "echo & exit".  Version shipped in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 is still based on 2.6.14, which does not have that, which might get changed in the future updates.  Hence this still can be an issue if livetest is run manually.

Comment 9 errata-xmlrpc 2009-03-30 16:52:39 UTC
This issue has been addressed in following products:

  Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5

Via RHSA-2009:0402 https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2009-0402.html