Bug 628628 (CVE-2010-2956)

Summary: CVE-2010-2956 sudo: incorrect handling of RunAs specification with both user and group lists
Product: [Other] Security Response Reporter: Jan Lieskovsky <jlieskov>
Component: vulnerabilityAssignee: Red Hat Product Security <security-response-team>
Status: CLOSED ERRATA QA Contact:
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Version: unspecifiedCC: amarecek, bressers, dapospis, dkopecek, jbastian, rsroka, security-response-team, spoyarek, syeghiay, todd.miller, vincew
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OS: Linux   
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Last Closed: 2010-12-22 15:49:20 UTC Type: ---
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Bug Depends On: 627976, 629053, 629054, 630957    
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Proposed patch from Todd C. Miller none

Description Jan Lieskovsky 2010-08-30 14:53:06 UTC
A security flaw was found in the way Sudo performed matching
for user described by a password against the list of members,
allowed to run particular sudo command, when the group option
was specified on the command line. If a local, unprivileged
user was authorized by sudoers file to run their sudo commands
with permissions of a particular group (different to their own),
it could lead to privilege escalation (execution of that sudo
command with permissions of privileged user account (root)).


Red Hat would like to thank Markus Wuethrich of Swiss Post - PostFinance
for reporting this issue.

Comment 3 Jan Lieskovsky 2010-08-30 15:07:36 UTC
Created attachment 441964 [details]
Proposed patch from Todd C. Miller

Comment 4 Jan Lieskovsky 2010-08-30 15:10:13 UTC
This issue did NOT affect the versions of the sudo package, as shipped
with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 and 4, as those sudo versions do not
allow to specify group options on sudo command line.

This issue affects the versions of the sudo package, as shipped with
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.


This issue affects the versions of the sudo package, as shipped with
Fedora release of 12 and 13.

Comment 10 Jan Lieskovsky 2010-08-31 09:09:20 UTC
The CVE identifier of CVE-2010-2956 has been assigned to this.

Comment 13 Tomas Hoger 2010-08-31 19:20:39 UTC
To extend the description in comment #0 a bit, this problem affects configurations using Runas_Spec with both user and group list specified, such as this example from the sudoers man page:

  dgb    boulder = (operator : operator) /bin/ls

In such configurations, user could run specified command with the privileges of arbitrary user or group using -u and -g command line arguments, sudo only enforce one of the specified user or group matched the list configured in sudoers file.

The description of this feature in the sudoers man page seems somewhat confusing / incomplete:

  If both Runas_Lists are specified, the command may be run with any
  combination of users and groups listed in their respective Runas_Lists.

This does not cover cases where sudo is run with only -u option (command is run with UID of the user in user Runas_List and GID of primary group of the user, that does not need to be listed in group Runas_List), or -g option (command is run with invoking user's UID and only GID is changed).  It may be more clear to mention that any combination of users and groups listed in their respective Runas_Lists can be used as arguments to sudo's -u and -g options.

Comment 16 Jan Lieskovsky 2010-09-07 12:37:24 UTC
Public now via:
  [1] http://seclists.org/fulldisclosure/2010/Sep/89

Comment 17 Tomas Hoger 2010-09-07 12:45:27 UTC
Upstream advisory:

Comment 18 errata-xmlrpc 2010-09-07 12:49:24 UTC
This issue has been addressed in following products:

  Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5

Via RHSA-2010:0675 https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2010-0675.html

Comment 20 Jan Lieskovsky 2010-09-07 13:32:44 UTC
Created sudo tracking bugs for this issue

Affects: fedora-all [bug 630957]