Bug 2984 - d.o.s. attack against panel/applets
Summary: d.o.s. attack against panel/applets
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: gnome-core
Version: 6.0
Hardware: sparc
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Elliot Lee
QA Contact:
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 1999-05-23 16:30 UTC by Marco Colombo
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:37 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 1999-06-09 20:19:00 UTC

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Description Marco Colombo 1999-05-23 16:30:29 UTC
It seems that each applet added to the panel open a
LISTENing socket. telneting to that port causes that
applet to crash (i.e. disappear from the panel). Sometimes
the panel it self crashes. Here's the output of a netstat:
tcp        0      0 *:1176
*:*                     LISTEN
tcp        0      0 *:1175
*:*                     LISTEN
tcp        0      0 *:1174
*:*                     LISTEN
tcp        0      0 *:1173
*:*                     LISTEN
tcp        0      0 *:1172
*:*                     LISTEN
tcp        0      0 *:1171
*:*                     LISTEN
tcp        0      0 *:1164
*:*                     LISTEN

this kind of attack has been tested from both the same
system (where the ports can be easily discovered) and
a remote one (from which you have to scan all ports above

Comment 1 Elliot Lee 1999-05-25 23:28:59 UTC
Just verified that this happens, and know the solution. It's an
ORBit/tcp_wrappers interaction that only happens on the sparc or other
platforms that have -fpic _NEEDED_ for shared libraries. Will try to
get a fix done this week.

Comment 2 Owen Taylor 1999-06-09 20:19:59 UTC
Fixed in ORBit-0.4.3-3.sparc.rpm in errata.
(This was a bad interaction between in ORbit and tcp_wrappers)

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