Bug 948072 (CVE-2013-1923) - CVE-2013-1923 nfs-utils: rpc.gssd is vulnerable to DNS spoofing
Summary: CVE-2013-1923 nfs-utils: rpc.gssd is vulnerable to DNS spoofing
Alias: CVE-2013-1923
Product: Security Response
Classification: Other
Component: vulnerability
Version: unspecified
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Red Hat Product Security
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Depends On: 948078
Blocks: 948077
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2013-04-03 22:27 UTC by Vincent Danen
Modified: 2021-02-17 07:51 UTC (History)
6 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2015-08-22 06:24:20 UTC

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Description Vincent Danen 2013-04-03 22:27:44 UTC
It was reported [1],[2] that rpc.gssd in nfs-utils is vulnerable to DNS spoofing due to it depending on PTR resolution for GSSAPI authentication.  Because of this, if a user where able to poison DNS to a victim's computer, they would be able to trick rpc.gssd into talking to another server (perhaps with less security) than the intended server (with stricter security).  If the victim has write access to the second (less secure) server, and the attacker has read access (when they normally might not on the secure server), the victim could write files to that server, which the attacker could obtain (when normally they would not be able to).  To the victim this is transparent because the victim's computer asks the KDC for a ticket to the second server due to reverse DNS resolution; in this case Krb5 authentication does not fail because the victim is talking to the "correct" server.

A patch that prevents this issue has been posted [3].

To workaround this issue, set the IP/host pair in /etc/hosts so that it cannot be spoofed.

A good explanation is also available here [4].

[1] http://marc.info/?l=linux-nfs&m=136491998607561&w=2
[2] http://marc.info/?l=linux-nfs&m=136500502805121&w=2
[3] http://marc.info/?l=linux-nfs&m=136493115612397&w=2
[4] http://ssimo.org/blog/id_015.html

Comment 1 Vincent Danen 2013-04-03 22:42:01 UTC
Created nfs-utils tracking bugs for this issue

Affects: fedora-all [bug 948078]

Comment 2 Vincent Danen 2013-04-04 20:52:47 UTC
This was assigned CVE-2013-1923:


Comment 7 Vincent Danen 2014-01-11 19:34:33 UTC
Current Fedora 19+ ship with nfs-utils 1.2.8 which includes the fix.

Comment 9 Vincent Danen 2015-08-22 06:23:58 UTC

Red Hat Product Security has rated this issue as having Low security impact. This issue is not currently planned to be addressed in future updates. For additional information, refer to the Issue Severity Classification: https://access.redhat.com/security/updates/classification/.

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