Bug 2797 - talkd, ntalkd incorrectly run as root
talkd, ntalkd incorrectly run as root
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: netkit-base (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Jay Turner
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Reported: 1999-05-13 17:01 EDT by Chris Evans
Modified: 2015-01-07 18:37 EST (History)
2 users (show)

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Last Closed: 1999-08-09 16:15:33 EDT
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Description Chris Evans 1999-05-13 17:01:07 EDT

in.ntalkd and in.talkd are launched from inetd.conf with
user field set to "root".

A very simple and obviously correct change can limit the
security damage a hole in either of these daemons will

In RedHat6.1, please change the "root" field to "talkd.tty".
Group tty is the only special privilege required. "talkd"
should be a new user who owns no files and has a null shell
in /etc/passwd. Don't use the overloaded user "nobody".

This should take someone about, ooh, 10 minutes :-)


------- Additional Comments From   06/17/99 21:28 -------
i believe theres also a spelling error. waut instead of wait.
Comment 1 Jeff Johnson 1999-08-09 16:09:59 EDT
Fixed in netkit-base-0.10-33.
Comment 2 Jeff Johnson 1999-08-09 16:15:59 EDT
Um, using the overloaded nobody.

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