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Bug 67092 - The default file permissions for /etc/sysconfig/firewall are 644 (-rw-r--r--), exposing firewall rules.
The default file permissions for /etc/sysconfig/firewall are 644 (-rw-r--r--)...
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: firewall-config (Show other bugs)
i686 Linux
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Assigned To: Harald Hoyer
Ben Levenson
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Reported: 2002-06-19 17:55 EDT by gary
Modified: 2007-03-26 23:54 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2003-03-10 10:04:26 EST
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Description gary 2002-06-19 17:55:32 EDT
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Description of problem:
After installing the firewall-config-0.95-2 package, the default file
permissions for /etc/sysconfig/firewall are 644 (-rw-r--r--).  After creating
rules using the firewall-config tool (and clicking the OK button), it saves
information about these rules in /etc/sysconfig/firewall and still does not
change the permissions.  With 644 (-rw-r--r--) permissions, any user can read
the firewall rules.  I beleive the permissions should be 600 (-rw-------).

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.After installing the firewall-config package, start firewall-config as root.
2.Create some rules and click the OK button.
3.Type "ls -l /etc/sysconfig/firewall" to see the permissions.  Alternatively,
you could become a regular, non-root user and type "cat /etc/sysconfig/firewall"
to see the firewall rules.

Actual Results:  The permissions on /etc/sysconfig/firewall were -rw-r--r--.

Expected Results:  The permissions on /etc/sysconfig/firewall should be -rw-------.

Additional info:
An obvious work around is "chmod 600 /etc/sysconfig/firewall"
Comment 1 Harald Hoyer 2002-06-20 04:51:39 EDT
I did not consider that as a security risk. Besides that, a real firewall should
not have ordinary user access.. And for those, who care, just chmod 600..
Comment 2 gary 2002-06-20 14:14:19 EDT
My organization has a dedicated firewall that protects systems on our internal
network from systems on external networks.  However, I thought it was a best
practice to not necessarily trust your entire internal network.  Therefore, on
my server, I decided to set up a packet-filtering firewall to provide another
layer of security.  There are ordinary users on this system and if I hadn't
noticed the 644 permissions (before I started) on the /etc/sysconfig/firewall
file, these users could have discovered the server's firewall rules.  So I am
going to have to  disagree with you about this not being a security risk.

It seems that the default permissions should be secure whether or not there are
ordinary users on the system.  If you had a system with no other users, would
you want /etc/shadow to have default permissions of 644?  The permissions of
sensitive files are just one additional layer of security that I think systems
should have regardless of whether there are ordinary users or not.
Comment 3 Alan Cox 2002-12-18 12:18:56 EST
Dropping priority - if the firewall is only secure because people dont know what
is in it then its not clear its a good firewall)

Still wants fixing though
Comment 4 Harald Hoyer 2003-03-10 10:04:26 EST

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