Bug 1052360 - dash: should drop its privileges in setuid context and implement privileged mode support (-p)
Summary: dash: should drop its privileges in setuid context and implement privileged m...
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: dash
Version: 23
Hardware: Unspecified
OS: Unspecified
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Huzaifa S. Sidhpurwala
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
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Reported: 2014-01-13 17:13 UTC by Ratul Gupta
Modified: 2016-07-21 06:51 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2016-07-21 06:51:57 UTC
Type: Bug

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Description Ratul Gupta 2014-01-13 17:13:27 UTC
It was discovered that dash does not drop it's privileges when run in a setuid context. This is a security measure that upstream's bash does implement however.
Turning off the dropping of the privileges must be explicitly required
with the -p command line option.

It would be nice if dash could be enhanced to behave in the same way
and thus avoid some security problems with the usage of popen/system
in setuid programs.

A patch has been submitted to the upstream by Tavis Ormandy:


Comment 2 Rahul Sundaram 2014-10-04 22:20:36 UTC
Has anyone followed up with upstream about this?

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Comment 4 Jan Kurik 2015-07-15 14:43:52 UTC
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 23 development cycle.
Changing version to '23'.

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Comment 5 Huzaifa S. Sidhpurwala 2016-07-21 06:51:57 UTC
This was discussed upstream via: http://www.mail-archive.com/dash@vger.kernel.org/msg00788.html , but nothing happened after that. Since this patch is pretty intrusive, it does not make sense for fedora to carry this patch, without upstream support.

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