Bug 1695948 (CVE-2019-12779) - CVE-2019-12779 libqb: Insecure treatment of IPC (temporary) files
Summary: CVE-2019-12779 libqb: Insecure treatment of IPC (temporary) files
Status: NEW
Alias: CVE-2019-12779
Product: Security Response
Classification: Other
Component: vulnerability
Version: unspecified
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Red Hat Product Security
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Depends On: 1714853 1714854 1695949
Blocks: 1695950
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Reported: 2019-04-03 23:30 UTC by Pedro Sampaio
Modified: 2019-07-26 21:36 UTC (History)
9 users (show)

Fixed In Version: libqb 1.0.4
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Description Pedro Sampaio 2019-04-03 23:30:00 UTC
A flaw was found in libqb. Isecure handling of temporari files could be exploited by a local attacker to overwrite privileged system files.

Upstream issue:




Comment 1 Pedro Sampaio 2019-04-03 23:30:13 UTC
Created libqb tracking bugs for this issue:

Affects: fedora-all [bug 1695949]

Comment 4 Christine Caulfield 2019-04-16 08:10:43 UTC
v1.0.4 has been released upstream to fix these issues

Comment 6 Jan Pokorný [poki] 2019-04-26 09:17:18 UTC
Has a CVE been assigned for this flaw, yet?

FTR. v1.0.4 could technically solve the problem, but we don't want
to advertise that version anywhere, for being botched, rendering it's
prime use case (cluster stack) unusable -- subsequent v1.0.5 fixes that:

Comment 9 Huzaifa S. Sidhpurwala 2019-05-29 04:12:23 UTC

The problem basically lies in how temporary files are handled by the libqb. 

1. Predictable file names are used in the world writeable directories namely /dev/shm and /tmp.
2. O_EXCL flag is not used when creating temp files.

This could be exploited by a local attacker to overwrite privileged system files (if not restricted by sandboxing, MAC or symlinking policies).

Most likely attack scenario is when a privileged program linked against libqb uses temp files. Due to the race-condition it is possible that the attacker could overwrite arbitrary system files.



Comment 13 Jan Pokorný [poki] 2019-06-07 19:13:50 UTC
Re [comment 6]: as instructed, asked for a CVE from MITRE.
Will report back here.

Comment 14 Jan Pokorný [poki] 2019-06-08 05:37:22 UTC
This has been assigned CVE-2019-12779.

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