Bug 27217 - crontab buffer overflows on names over 20 chars
crontab buffer overflows on names over 20 chars
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: vixie-cron (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Crutcher Dunnavant
David Lawrence
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: 27216 (view as bug list)
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Reported: 2001-02-12 17:26 EST by Chris Ricker
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:31 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2001-04-10 17:59:42 EDT
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Description Chris Ricker 2001-02-12 17:26:01 EST
Just like the recent post to Bugtraq regarding vixie-cron and RH 7.0.
crontab does getpwuid() but then stores the name in a 20-byte buffer w/o
checking its length.  Since crontab is suid root, this could be fun....

[thisnameislongandbreakscrontab@station12 thisnameislongandbreakscrontab]$
Segmentation fault
[thisnameislongandbreakscrontab@station12 thisnameislongandbreakscrontab]$
rpm -qf `which crontab`
[thisnameislongandbreakscrontab@station12 thisnameislongandbreakscrontab]$
Comment 1 Bill Nottingham 2001-02-12 17:29:35 EST
*** Bug 27216 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 2 Bill Nottingham 2001-02-12 17:30:05 EST
Fixed in -61.
Comment 3 Glen Foster 2001-02-12 17:59:33 EST
This defect is considered MUST-FIX for Florence Release-Candidate #1
Comment 4 Daniel Roesen 2001-02-14 10:43:07 EST
Does this bug also affect RH 6.x?
Comment 5 Bill Nottingham 2001-02-14 12:09:14 EST
Sort of. It overflows the buffer, but manages not to crash.
Comment 6 Daniel Roesen 2001-02-14 12:19:51 EST
Hm, but I guess there will be a security errata release for all releases?
Comment 7 Chris Ricker 2001-02-14 12:27:44 EST
I'm not sure there's a need to.  Sure, buffer overflows, esp. in suid programs
are never good, but how could you exploit this particular one?
Comment 8 Daniel Roesen 2001-02-14 12:29:17 EST
I don't know, but better safe than sorry. IMNSHO.

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