Bug 795853 (CVE-2012-0871)

Summary: CVE-2012-0871 systemd: insecure file creation may lead to elevated privileges
Product: [Other] Security Response Reporter: Vincent Danen <vdanen>
Component: vulnerabilityAssignee: Red Hat Product Security <security-response-team>
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Version: unspecifiedCC: jlieskov, lpoetter, mschmidt, scorneli, security-response-team
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Bug Depends On: 799086    
Bug Blocks: Embargoed795857    

Description Vincent Danen 2012-02-21 16:28:44 UTC
Sebastian Krahmer of the SUSE Security Team reported that systemd-logind, a part of the systemd service and system manager, did not create certain special files in a secure way.  systemd-logind is responsible for managing and tracking user login sessions, and if a user were to log into the X11 desktop, it creates entries in /run/user/[username]/X11, where /run/user/[username] is a user-owned directory.  Because systemd-logind does not create the entries in a secure fashion, a malicious user could replace /run/user/[username]/X11 with a symlink to another root-owned directory, such as /etc/pam.d or /etc/cron.d.  This would cause a symlink named "display" to be created in the target directory, which is a symlink to a user-owned file (/tmp/.X11-unix/X0).  Using further attack vectors and this symlink, the malicious user could obtain a root shell, if he could beat two separate race conditions.


Red Hat would like to thank Sebastian Krahmer of the SUSE Security Team for reporting this issue.

Comment 1 Vincent Danen 2012-02-21 16:42:08 UTC
Sebastian indicated that the following git commit removes the X11/ directory, rendering this ineffective, although it's not known whether this fixes the flaw fully, or simply renders this one avenue ineffective.


Comment 4 Stefan Cornelius 2012-03-01 09:38:36 UTC
This is public now:

Comment 6 Tomas Hoger 2012-03-01 12:49:17 UTC
SUSE bug report:

Comment 9 Stefan Cornelius 2012-03-01 18:37:31 UTC
Created systemd tracking bugs for this issue

Affects: fedora-all [bug 799086]

Comment 14 Fedora Update System 2012-03-11 23:20:30 UTC
systemd-37-15.fc16 has been pushed to the Fedora 16 stable repository.  If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.