Bug 709662 (CVE-2011-2176) - CVE-2011-2176 NetworkManager: Did not honour PolicyKit auth_admin action element by creation of Ad-Hoc wireless networks
Summary: CVE-2011-2176 NetworkManager: Did not honour PolicyKit auth_admin action elem...
Alias: CVE-2011-2176
Product: Security Response
Classification: Other
Component: vulnerability
Version: unspecified
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Red Hat Product Security
QA Contact:
Depends On: 705806 715492 715494
Blocks: 711951
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2011-06-01 10:28 UTC by Jan Lieskovsky
Modified: 2021-10-19 21:48 UTC (History)
9 users (show)

Fixed In Version:
Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2021-10-19 21:48:45 UTC

Attachments (Terms of Use)

System ID Private Priority Status Summary Last Updated
Red Hat Product Errata RHSA-2011:0930 0 normal SHIPPED_LIVE Moderate: NetworkManager security update 2011-07-12 20:11:12 UTC

Description Jan Lieskovsky 2011-06-01 10:28:56 UTC
It was found that NetworkManager, a network devices and connections manager,
did not properly enforce the PolicyKit 'auth_admin' action element settings
(did not require authentication by an administrative user), when the
'auth_admin' element was specified in
org.freedesktop.network-manager-settings.system.wifi.share.open (connection
sharing via an open WiFi network) action. A local attacker could use this flaw
to setup an unsecure (passwordless) Ad-Hoc wireless network.

Comment 6 Huzaifa S. Sidhpurwala 2011-06-09 05:00:41 UTC
Dan, jirka,

any update on where this is going?

Comment 10 Huzaifa S. Sidhpurwala 2011-06-17 04:59:08 UTC
Jirka, Dan:

It seems that other actions in /usr/share/polkit-1/actions/org.freedesktop.network-manager-settings.system.policy does not work with the version of NM in Fedora-14 and perhaps also RHEL6.
Would this patch address those issues as well?

Comment 11 Huzaifa S. Sidhpurwala 2011-06-17 06:40:01 UTC

Does work.


Does not work.

So this is really just wireless related.

Comment 12 Huzaifa S. Sidhpurwala 2011-06-17 07:25:25 UTC
I propose we get both these issues fixed, so that we can cover it in the same erratum

Comment 16 Huzaifa S. Sidhpurwala 2011-06-23 04:01:23 UTC
Created NetworkManager tracking bugs for this issue

Affects: fedora-all [bug 715492]

Comment 18 errata-xmlrpc 2011-07-12 20:11:18 UTC
This issue has been addressed in following products:

  Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6

Via RHSA-2011:0930 https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2011-0930.html

Comment 19 Bin Li 2011-08-16 13:09:21 UTC
Hi guys,

 A little confused about this issue, how use this flaw to setup an unsecure (passwordless) Ad-Hoc wireless network.

 Does it affect the 0.8.2? From this source code I can't find any process for below.



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