Bug 885724 (CVE-2012-5644) - CVE-2012-5644 libuser: (Complete) Information disclosure when moving user's home directory
Summary: CVE-2012-5644 libuser: (Complete) Information disclosure when moving user's h...
Alias: CVE-2012-5644
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: 928846
Blocks: 884691
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2012-12-10 13:41 UTC by Jan Lieskovsky
Modified: 2019-09-29 12:58 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2015-08-22 16:06:04 UTC

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Description Jan Lieskovsky 2012-12-10 13:41:13 UTC
An information disclosure flaw was found in the way libuser, an user and group account administration library, performed movement of user's home directory. Previously, during the move the ownership of all the (sub)entries present in directory tree, to be moved, were changed from privileged user account to the effective user id of the user, the home directory should belong to. A local attacker could use this flaw to conduct hardlink attacks and possibly obtain unauthorized access to arbitrary system file.

This issue was found by Miloslav Trmač of Red Hat.

Comment 1 Jan Lieskovsky 2012-12-10 13:46:33 UTC
This issue affects the versions of the libuser package, as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and 6.


This issue affects the versions of the libuser package, as shipped with Fedora release of 16 and 17.

Comment 5 Huzaifa S. Sidhpurwala 2012-12-18 03:34:16 UTC
This issue was assigned CVE-2012-5644

Comment 6 Huzaifa S. Sidhpurwala 2013-03-28 15:03:50 UTC
Created libuser tracking bugs for this issue

Affects: fedora-all [bug 928846]

Comment 9 Vincent Danen 2015-08-22 16:05:52 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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