Bug 54397 - /dev/vcs* permissions
/dev/vcs* permissions
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: mc (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Jonathan Blandford
Aaron Brown
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Reported: 2001-10-05 14:00 EDT by Jakub Jelinek
Modified: 2013-04-02 00:15 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2001-10-08 13:14:02 EDT
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Description Jakub Jelinek 2001-10-05 14:00:48 EDT
Description of Problem:
When logging as normal user on the console, pam does not chown /dev/vcs*
and /dev/vcsa* devices corresponding to tty the user logged at.
As /usr/lib/mc/bin/cons.saver is no longer suid root, this means that
subshell support is totally broken for normal console users.
Comment 1 Nalin Dahyabhai 2001-10-08 13:03:25 EDT
Login handles ownership of your tty -- it should handle the vcs device as well.
 Checking the package shows that if built with ALLOW_VCS_USE, code to do this is
compiled in.  This setting was disabled in a patch, though.
Comment 2 Jakub Jelinek 2001-10-08 13:11:43 EDT
Oh, I see. revoke(2) desperately needed.
Anyway, in that case I think we should analyze mc cons.saver proglet and
if it is secure, chmod +s /usr/lib/mc/bin/cons.saver until revoke(2) is supported.
Comment 3 Havoc Pennington 2002-03-04 16:48:55 EST
Security audit of cons.saver is outside my skillset, and also low on my priority
list. It would be nice though if we could get a patch.

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