Bug 493109 (CVE-2009-1171) - CVE-2009-1171 moodle: file disclosure flaw in TeX filter
Summary: CVE-2009-1171 moodle: file disclosure flaw in TeX filter
Alias: CVE-2009-1171
Product: Security Response
Classification: Other
Component: vulnerability
Version: unspecified
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Red Hat Product Security
QA Contact:
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2009-03-31 16:48 UTC by Tomas Hoger
Modified: 2009-06-16 07:09 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

Fixed In Version:
Doc Type: Bug Fix
Doc Text:
Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2009-06-16 07:09:29 UTC

Attachments (Terms of Use)

Description Tomas Hoger 2009-03-31 16:48:02 UTC
The TeX filter in Moodle 1.6 before 1.6.9+, 1.7 before 1.7.7+, 1.8
before 1.8.9, and 1.9 before 1.9.5 allows user-assisted attackers to
read arbitrary files via an input command in a "$$" sequence, which
causes LaTeX to include the contents of the file. 

Upstream bug and CVS commit:


Comment 1 Tomas Hoger 2009-03-31 16:49:43 UTC
Jon, I have not checked if we may be disabling TeX filter by default, but we do not ship mimetex, so we should be using system LaTex.

Comment 2 Tomas Hoger 2009-04-01 06:54:42 UTC
Upstream further reported that the above patch is not sufficient and following change should be used instead:

For >=1.9.0:

For 1.6.* - 1.8.*:

Comment 3 Gwyn Ciesla 2009-04-01 14:39:06 UTC
I'm having trouble applying this.  It looks like this patch might be applied after the previous one.  Should I apply both in order or drop the portions affecting the previous patch?

Comment 4 Tomas Hoger 2009-04-01 14:58:32 UTC
CVS commit referenced in comment #0 introduced blacklist in filter.php.  Git commit in comment #2 reverts that previous commit and moves blacklist to lib.php instead.  Same change is in upstream CVS too, but it's just bit more annoying to refer to single commit changing multiple files in CVS.

Comment 5 Fedora Update System 2009-04-01 20:14:51 UTC
moodle-1.9.4-6.fc9 has been submitted as an update for Fedora 9.

Comment 6 Fedora Update System 2009-04-01 20:14:56 UTC
moodle-1.9.4-6.fc10 has been submitted as an update for Fedora 10.

Comment 7 Fedora Update System 2009-04-02 17:21:27 UTC
moodle-1.9.4-6.fc10 has been pushed to the Fedora 10 stable repository.  If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.

Comment 8 Fedora Update System 2009-04-02 17:21:39 UTC
moodle-1.9.4-6.fc9 has been pushed to the Fedora 9 stable repository.  If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.

Comment 9 Gwyn Ciesla 2009-04-03 12:07:11 UTC
Built for EPEL, epel_signers-members emaild to request push ASAP.

Note You need to log in before you can comment on or make changes to this bug.