Bug 546117 - (CVE-2009-4145) CVE-2009-4145 NetworkManager: information disclosure by nm-connection-editor
CVE-2009-4145 NetworkManager: information disclosure by nm-connection-editor
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Product: Security Response
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Assigned To: Red Hat Product Security
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Depends On: 546115 548190 548191
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Reported: 2009-12-09 22:08 EST by Dan Williams
Modified: 2018-01-29 20:00 EST (History)
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Description Dan Williams 2009-12-09 22:08:50 EST
+++ This bug was initially created as a clone of Bug #546115 +++

nm-connection-editor may inadvertently publish network configuration settings over D-Bus when a user changes those settings using the connection editor.  D-Bus gives all clients a bus name (usually 1:XXX where XXX is an ever-increasing number) whenever the client connects to the bus.  Even though this client is not exporting a /named/ service, it is still on the bus and if the client exports an object (even inadvertently, without registering a well-known bus name) signals emitted by that object will also be proxied onto the bus.

nm-connection-editor inadvertently exported connection objects on the bus, and when a user changes those connections though the connection editor GUI, the editor may emit a summary of those changes onto the bus, leading to the information disclosure.

1) start 'dbus-monitor --system' in a terminal
2) run nm-connection-editor
3) edit a connection that has secrets, like a protected wifi network
4) Upon clicking the "Apply" button, check the dbus-monitor terminal window; the wifi network password may have been emitted as part of the "Updated" signal for that connection

This is only a problem for NM 0.7.x present in Fedora <= 11 and RHEL5.  The problem has been long corrected in NM 0.8 (F12+).  Upstream commit to 0.7.x fixing this problem is here:

Comment 1 Dan Williams 2009-12-11 18:11:47 EST


which fixes a small bug in the previous commit.
Comment 5 Fedora Update System 2009-12-23 14:27:52 EST
NetworkManager-0.7.2-2.git20091223.fc11 has been submitted as an update for Fedora 11.
Comment 6 Fedora Update System 2010-01-02 16:30:17 EST
NetworkManager-0.7.2-2.git20091223.fc11 has been pushed to the Fedora 11 stable repository.  If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.
Comment 9 errata-xmlrpc 2010-02-16 10:50:38 EST
This issue has been addressed in following products:

  Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5

Via RHSA-2010:0108 https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2010-0108.html

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