Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 230823
CVE-2007-1716 Ownership of devices not returned to root after logout from console
Last modified: 2007-11-16 20:14:55 EST
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Description of problem:
I dont really know if this is a kernel bug but it didn't start happening until after I upgraded to the 2.6.9-42.0.10.ELsmp kernel. When a user logs in from the console, may devices such as /dev/mixer and /dev/floppy change ownership to the console user, which is normal. However, sometimes after the user logs out, the ownership permissions are not changed back to root.
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Steps to Reproduce:
1. Log in as a user from the console.
2. Log out.
3. Log in as another user from the console.
4. Do dir /dev .
Many devices are still owned by the previous user.
Devices should be owned by the current user.
I experimented a bit more and the problem seems to be triggered by when a second
user logs into the console. For example, a user is logged in at the text login
(cntl-F5) and another user is logged in at the graphical login (cntl-F7). When
one of these users logs out, ownership is not always released and does not get
fixed when all users log out. Granted, it is rare that two users will ever e
logged in at the console but sometimes it is useful to log in two users for
testing purposes (say root and a regular user). I cant always reproduce it. It
seems to be related to which user logs in and which user logs out first (the
graphical or the text one) but it has happened several times. Once the problem
occurs, logging in as root does not reset ownership to root.
hmm, so if you go back to an older kernel this goes away? what version would
that be so we can identify what broke. thanks.
Hi. I cant reboot at the moment due to user jobs running but I experimented a
bit more with this. It seems more probable now that it's a pam bug and not
kernel. I may not have noticed it in previous kernels just by not looking. Here
are the exact steps to produce the issue as well as how to fix it without rebooting:
1) log in a user from the text login (cntl-alt-f5).
2) log in another user from the graphical login (cntl-alt-f7).
3) log out the text-login user.
4) log out the graphical login user.
5) log back in the graphical login user (user of step 2).
6) "ls -laF /dev" and notice that a bunch of devices are still owned by the
original text login user (user of step 1).
7) As root do a "pam_console_apply -r", this resets the device ownerships to root.
8) remove the files in /var/run/console/
9) log out and now everything is happy when you log back in again.
If you skip step 8 the devices still remain property of root when a user logs
Found the cause - it is a bug in pam_console which was always there. I don't
know why nobody found it before.
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