Bug 426760 - rnews can't send spooled news
Summary: rnews can't send spooled news
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: inn
Version: 8
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Ondrej Vasik
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Blocks: 465223
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Reported: 2007-12-26 00:30 UTC by Carl Roth
Modified: 2008-10-02 09:34 UTC (History)
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Fixed In Version: 2.4.3-10.fc8
Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2008-05-14 21:32:42 UTC
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Description Carl Roth 2007-12-26 00:30:56 UTC
Description of problem:

The rnews job that runs out of /etc/cron.hourly/inn-cron-rnews doesn't work.  It
launches 'rnews' as the 'news' user, but rnews is then unable to read spooled
articles in /var/spool/news/incoming.  The reason is that rnews is setuid
'uucp', and the 'incoming' directory is set to 0755,news:news (readable by the
news user, but not writable by the news group or the uucp user).

I can suggest two fixes for this:

1. Change the permissions of /var/spool/news/incoming to 0775 instead of 0755
2. Change the setuid user for 'rnews' to 'news' instead of 'uucp'.

I have to admit that I don't know what the security implications are for these
two solutions.  I'm open to other suggestions.

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Comment 1 Carl Roth 2007-12-26 00:33:02 UTC
Let me correct that -- it can probably read the spooled articles, but the group
permissions prevent it from unlinking the articles after it spools them.

Comment 2 Ondrej Vasik 2008-04-24 16:00:13 UTC
I like the idea of 0775 directory rights much more. Build as inn-2.4.3-14.fc10.
Was the 0775 solution working for you? (just by chmod) I could make F8 update if
it is enough.

Comment 3 Fedora Update System 2008-04-24 16:25:01 UTC
inn-2.4.3-10.fc8 has been submitted as an update for Fedora 8

Comment 4 Fedora Update System 2008-04-29 20:50:58 UTC
inn-2.4.3-10.fc8 has been pushed to the Fedora 8 testing repository.  If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.
 If you want to test the update, you can install it with 
 su -c 'yum --enablerepo=updates-testing update inn'.  You can provide feedback for this update here: http://admin.fedoraproject.org/updates/F8/FEDORA-2008-3313

Comment 5 Fedora Update System 2008-05-14 21:32:40 UTC
inn-2.4.3-10.fc8 has been pushed to the Fedora 8 stable repository.  If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.

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