Bug 824660 - (CVE-2012-2389) CVE-2012-2389 hostapd: insecure default permissions on /etc/hostapd/hostapd.conf
CVE-2012-2389 hostapd: insecure default permissions on /etc/hostapd/hostapd.conf
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: 824661 826109
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Reported: 2012-05-23 18:32 EDT by Vincent Danen
Modified: 2015-07-31 02:51 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2012-06-19 17:11:27 EDT
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Description Vincent Danen 2012-05-23 18:32:47 EDT
It was reported [1] that the default permissions of /etc/hostapd/hostapd.conf were insecure (0644) considering they could contain credentials (PSKs, shared radius secrets, etc.) that would then be world readable.

This is a low-impact flaw that be mitigated by changing the permissions to the file (upstream has done this now).

This was assigned CVE-2012-2389 [2] (although no credentials are written by any tools or by default to this file, so an administrator should logically tighten up the permissions if saving sensitive information to the file).

[1] https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=740964
[2] http://www.openwall.com/lists/oss-security/2012/05/23/13
Comment 1 Vincent Danen 2012-05-23 18:33:42 EDT
Created hostapd tracking bugs for this issue

Affects: fedora-all [bug 824661]
Comment 2 Vincent Danen 2012-06-19 17:11:27 EDT
This is corrected via hostapd-0.7.3-9.fc17 and hostapd-0.7.3-9.fc16.

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