Bug 1565992 (CVE-2018-1106) - CVE-2018-1106 PackageKit: authentication bypass allows to install signed packages without administrator privileges
Summary: CVE-2018-1106 PackageKit: authentication bypass allows to install signed pack...
Alias: CVE-2018-1106
Product: Security Response
Classification: Other
Component: vulnerability
Version: unspecified
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Red Hat Product Security
QA Contact:
Depends On: 1566425 1566426 1570872
Blocks: 1565197
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2018-04-11 09:36 UTC by Riccardo Schirone
Modified: 2021-02-17 00:31 UTC (History)
7 users (show)

Fixed In Version: PackageKit 1.1.10
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Doc Text:
An authentication bypass flaw has been found in PackageKit that allows users without administrator privileges to install signed packages. A local attacker can use this vulnerability to install vulnerable packages to further compromise a system.
Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2018-04-26 08:07:47 UTC

Attachments (Terms of Use)

System ID Private Priority Status Summary Last Updated
Red Hat Product Errata RHSA-2018:1224 0 None None None 2018-04-24 18:32:18 UTC

Description Riccardo Schirone 2018-04-11 09:36:40 UTC
An authentication bypass flaw has been found in PackageKit since version 1.0.2.
A local attacker can bypass the authentication in
pk_transaction_authorize_actions_finished_cb function of pk-transaction.c file,
and install signed packages without administrator privileges.


Upstream vulnerable commit:

Comment 1 Adam Mariš 2018-04-11 10:54:54 UTC

Name: Matthias Gerstner (SUSE)

Comment 6 Riccardo Schirone 2018-04-23 15:25:08 UTC
External References:


Comment 7 Zach Warren 2018-04-23 21:42:50 UTC
This appears to be very similar to a previously rejected vulnerability from 2014. How does this differ from the "grinch" vulnerability?

[1] https://access.redhat.com/articles/1298913
[2] https://www.alertlogic.com/blog/dont-let-the-grinch-steal-christmas/

Comment 8 Riccardo Schirone 2018-04-24 07:19:38 UTC
Though, as said in your sources, PackageKit+PolKit allow a wheel member to install packages without inserting any password, we don't consider that a vulnerability, but it is one of the reasons of PackageKit existence. Instead the current CVE is about a complete authentication bypass, even for non-members of the wheel group.

Comment 9 errata-xmlrpc 2018-04-24 18:32:12 UTC
This issue has been addressed in the following products:

  Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7

Via RHSA-2018:1224 https://access.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2018:1224

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