Bug 795853 - (CVE-2012-0871) CVE-2012-0871 systemd: insecure file creation may lead to elevated privileges
CVE-2012-0871 systemd: insecure file creation may lead to elevated privileges
Product: Security Response
Classification: Other
Component: vulnerability (Show other bugs)
All Linux
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Assigned To: Red Hat Product Security
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Depends On: 799086
Blocks: 795857
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Reported: 2012-02-21 11:28 EST by Vincent Danen
Modified: 2012-03-22 08:38 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2012-03-22 08:38:29 EDT
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Description Vincent Danen 2012-02-21 11:28:44 EST
Sebastian Krahmer of the SUSE Security Team reported that systemd-logind, a part of the systemd service and system manager, did not create certain special files in a secure way.  systemd-logind is responsible for managing and tracking user login sessions, and if a user were to log into the X11 desktop, it creates entries in /run/user/[username]/X11, where /run/user/[username] is a user-owned directory.  Because systemd-logind does not create the entries in a secure fashion, a malicious user could replace /run/user/[username]/X11 with a symlink to another root-owned directory, such as /etc/pam.d or /etc/cron.d.  This would cause a symlink named "display" to be created in the target directory, which is a symlink to a user-owned file (/tmp/.X11-unix/X0).  Using further attack vectors and this symlink, the malicious user could obtain a root shell, if he could beat two separate race conditions.


Red Hat would like to thank Sebastian Krahmer of the SUSE Security Team for reporting this issue.
Comment 1 Vincent Danen 2012-02-21 11:42:08 EST
Sebastian indicated that the following git commit removes the X11/ directory, rendering this ineffective, although it's not known whether this fixes the flaw fully, or simply renders this one avenue ineffective.

Comment 4 Stefan Cornelius 2012-03-01 04:38:36 EST
This is public now:
Comment 6 Tomas Hoger 2012-03-01 07:49:17 EST
SUSE bug report:
Comment 9 Stefan Cornelius 2012-03-01 13:37:31 EST
Created systemd tracking bugs for this issue

Affects: fedora-all [bug 799086]
Comment 14 Fedora Update System 2012-03-11 19:20:30 EDT
systemd-37-15.fc16 has been pushed to the Fedora 16 stable repository.  If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.

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