Bug 87863

Summary: socket leak
Product: [Retired] Red Hat Linux Reporter: Kasper Dupont <bugzilla>
Component: xinetdAssignee: Jay Fenlason <fenlason>
Status: CLOSED ERRATA QA Contact: Brock Organ <borgan>
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Priority: low    
Version: 7.3CC: jfeeney
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Description Kasper Dupont 2003-04-03 11:28:45 UTC
Description of problem:
If fork() fails xinetd will leak sockets.
Leaked sockets will be inherited by child processes.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:
Easy to reproduce if compiled with the DEBUG_RETRY
option. Otherwise hard to reproduce.

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Compile xinetd with the DEBUG_RETRY option
2. Install xinetd and enable telnet
3. Open a lot of incomming telnet sessions
Actual results:
xinetd leaks filedescriptors and eventually stops
accepting connections. Child processes inherit the
leaked descriptors. (In case of telnet the child
will close the descriptor, so this is not immediately
exploitable by arbitrary users.)

Expected results:
On fork failing xinetd closes the connection
before going back to accept more connections.

Additional info:
Severity set to security, because xinetd services not
running as root could potentially take over the leaked
descriptors and snoop passwords. Priority set to low
because the default install is not believed to be

Comment 1 Mark J. Cox 2003-05-01 15:10:46 UTC
xinetd update (to 2.3.11) is in progress.

Comment 2 Mark J. Cox 2003-05-13 17:14:05 UTC
An errata has been issued which should help the problem described in this bug report. 
This report is therefore being closed with a resolution of ERRATA. For more information
on the solution and/or where to find the updated files, please follow the link below. You may reopen 
this bug report if the solution does not work for you.