Bug 605397 - (CVE-2010-2431) CVE-2010-2431 cups: latent privilege escalation vulnerability
CVE-2010-2431 cups: latent privilege escalation vulnerability
Status: CLOSED ERRATA
Product: Security Response
Classification: Other
Component: vulnerability (Show other bugs)
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All Linux
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Assigned To: Red Hat Product Security
impact=low,cvss2=3.2/AV:A/AC:H/Au:N/C...
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Depends On: 604728 605399 646767 646768
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Reported: 2010-06-17 16:27 EDT by Vincent Danen
Modified: 2015-10-23 10:39 EDT (History)
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Description Vincent Danen 2010-06-17 16:27:36 EDT
Quoting from the upstream bug report http://cups.org/str.php?L3510:

directory that is writable by unprivileged processes.

This is a latent privilege escalation vulnerability.  It can be
exploited only in the presence of other CUPS vulnerabilities.

Why this is privilege escalation
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This is privilege escalation, because an unprivileged process can
trick the CUPS server into overwriting arbitrary files as root.

Example:

    drwxrwxr-x  4 root lp /var/cache/cups
    -rw-r-----  1 root lp /var/cache/cups/remote.cache

This file is opened with cupsFileOpen() which simply opens the file
with open(filename, O_WRONLY | O_TRUNC | O_CREAT | O_LARGEFILE |
O_BINARY, 0666).

If a CUPS "external" program has a vulnerability, an attacker can
use the group=lp privileges to replace /var/cache/cups/remote.cache
with a symlink to a root-writable file. CUPS will then overwrite
that file as root. A similar latent vulnerability exists for the
state file /var/cache/cups/job.cache.

Why this is a latent vulnerability
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This is a latent vulnerability, because there is no known exploit
for CUPS "external" programs that run as user=lp, group=lp.


The upstream fix looks more like a preventative fix as there does not seem to be anything exploitable here, so this looks like more a hardening than a response to an actual flaw.
Comment 2 Vincent Danen 2010-06-17 16:34:24 EDT
Created cups tracking bugs for this issue

Affects: fedora-all [bug 605399]
Comment 3 Fedora Update System 2010-06-18 07:03:24 EDT
cups-1.4.4-1.fc13 has been submitted as an update for Fedora 13.
http://admin.fedoraproject.org/updates/cups-1.4.4-1.fc13
Comment 4 Fedora Update System 2010-06-18 07:04:24 EDT
cups-1.4.4-1.fc12 has been submitted as an update for Fedora 12.
http://admin.fedoraproject.org/updates/cups-1.4.4-1.fc12
Comment 5 Fedora Update System 2010-06-18 07:05:00 EDT
cups-1.4.4-1.fc11 has been submitted as an update for Fedora 11.
http://admin.fedoraproject.org/updates/cups-1.4.4-1.fc11
Comment 6 Jan Lieskovsky 2010-06-23 06:33:32 EDT
Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures assigned an identifier CVE-2010-2431 to
this vulnerability:

The cupsFileOpen function in CUPS before 1.4.4 allows local users,
with lp group membership, to overwrite arbitrary files via a symlink
attack on the (1) /var/cache/cups/remote.cache or (2)
/var/cache/cups/job.cache file.

With references:
  [1] http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2010-2431
  [2] http://cups.org/articles.php?L596
  [3] http://cups.org/str.php?L3510
Comment 9 Fedora Update System 2010-06-24 08:22:33 EDT
cups-1.4.4-4.fc13 has been submitted as an update for Fedora 13.
http://admin.fedoraproject.org/updates/cups-1.4.4-4.fc13
Comment 10 Fedora Update System 2010-06-25 14:10:23 EDT
cups-1.4.4-4.fc11 has been pushed to the Fedora 11 stable repository.  If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.
Comment 11 Fedora Update System 2010-07-01 14:44:22 EDT
cups-1.4.4-5.fc13 has been pushed to the Fedora 13 stable repository.  If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.
Comment 12 Fedora Update System 2010-07-26 22:45:54 EDT
cups-1.4.4-5.fc12 has been pushed to the Fedora 12 stable repository.  If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.
Comment 16 errata-xmlrpc 2010-10-28 21:44:15 EDT
This issue has been addressed in following products:

  Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5

Via RHSA-2010:0811 https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2010-0811.html
Comment 17 Vincent Danen 2010-10-28 22:58:02 EDT
Statement:

This issue did not affect the versions of CUPS as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 or 4.  It was addressed in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 via RHSA-2010:0811.

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