Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 799194
NetworkManager 0.9 arbitrary file access
Last modified: 2012-03-02 03:42:11 EST
From Ludwig Nussel
Connections in NetworkManager 0.9 store path names to certificates and
key files. That means NM (or rather wpa_supplicant which gets
configured by NM) accesses the user's files as root. A user who is
allowed to add connections (default for locally logged in users) may
specify arbitrary file names. NM happily accepts files of any other
user, including root and even device files. Fortunately it's read
The safe approach would be to stream the actual content of the
certificate and key files to NM and have NM store that directly.
In fact NM 0.7 does just that for system connections (but forgets to
store the key so those connections won't actually work).
NM 0.6 is also affected.
Reproducer for NM 0.9 attached, you need to edit the file names and
then run e.g.
$ nmw.py new wlan0 yourssid
Created NetworkManager tracking bugs for this issue
Affects: fedora-all [bug 799202]
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 769807 ***