Bug 460476 (CVE-2008-4192) - CVE-2008-4192 cman/fence: insecure temporary file usage in the egenera fence agent
Summary: CVE-2008-4192 cman/fence: insecure temporary file usage in the egenera fence ...
Alias: CVE-2008-4192
Product: Security Response
Classification: Other
Component: vulnerability
Version: unspecified
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Red Hat Product Security
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Depends On: 469338 519682 519689
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Reported: 2008-08-28 11:13 UTC by Jan Lieskovsky
Modified: 2019-09-29 12:26 UTC (History)
8 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2012-05-02 22:38:06 UTC

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System ID Private Priority Status Summary Last Updated
Red Hat Product Errata RHSA-2011:0266 0 normal SHIPPED_LIVE Low: fence security, bug fix, and enhancement update 2011-02-16 16:14:08 UTC

Description Jan Lieskovsky 2008-08-28 11:13:28 UTC
The cman package as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and within
Fedora release starting from 9 is prone to the symlink attack.

Affected file: /sbin/fence_egenera

Relevant part of the code:

296 sub pserver_shutdown
297 {
298         my $rtrn=1;
299         local *egen_log;
300         open(egen_log,">/tmp/eglog");
301         for (my $trys=0; $trys<20; $trys++)
302         {
303                 last if (pserver_status != 0);
306                 my $status = $_;
. . .


A malicious user could precreate a symlink, pointing to the file /tmp/eglog,
Subsequent run of the '/sbin/egenera' command would destroy / truncate the
target of this link to zero length.


http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=496374 (part for cman)

Affected versions:

This issue affects the version of cman package, as shipped with Red Hat
Enteprise Linux 5 and those, shipped within the Fedora release starting from

The cman package as shipped with Red Hat Enteprise Linux 4 Cluster Suite
product and that one, shipped within Fedora release of 8, are not affected
by this issue.

Comment 1 Tomas Hoger 2008-10-13 14:20:29 UTC
This issue also affect Red Hat Cluster Suite for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, affected egenera fencing agent is shipped as part of the fence package.

Logging to a file in /tmp was added in following commit:

as part of the fix for bug #251358 / bug #233428.

Comment 2 Fabio Massimo Di Nitto 2008-10-17 12:33:28 UTC
FYI this bug affects also Fedora 9, the all 2.03. stable releases and the 2.99. unstable releases.

A bug fix for 2.99 has been checked in a few minutes ago.

Updates for 2.03 and Fedora will be produced beginning of next week.


Comment 3 Fedora Update System 2008-10-23 16:36:05 UTC
rgmanager-2.03.08-1.fc9, gfs2-utils-2.03.08-1.fc9, cman-2.03.08-1.fc9 has been pushed to the Fedora 9 stable repository.  If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.

Comment 6 errata-xmlrpc 2011-02-16 16:14:13 UTC
This issue has been addressed in following products:

  CLuster Suite for RHEL 4

Via RHSA-2011:0266 https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2011-0266.html

Comment 7 Vincent Danen 2012-05-02 22:38:06 UTC
This was correct in RHEL5 via RHBA-2010:0266.

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