Bug 1830805 (CVE-2020-12831) - CVE-2020-12831 frr: default permission issue eases information leaks
Summary: CVE-2020-12831 frr: default permission issue eases information leaks
Alias: CVE-2020-12831
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: 1848993 1852476
Blocks: 1848994
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2020-05-03 23:18 UTC by Robert Scheck
Modified: 2021-02-16 20:08 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Last Closed: 2020-11-04 02:25:15 UTC

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Red Hat Product Errata RHSA-2020:4619 0 None None None 2020-11-04 02:25:36 UTC

Description Robert Scheck 2020-05-03 23:18:05 UTC
Description of problem:
By default, frr creates empty configuration files, however unfortunately with too wide permissions: As per http://docs.frrouting.org/en/latest/bgp.html, /etc/frr/bgpd.conf is also meant to contain the BGP password for peerings/sessions, thus proper default permissions should be applied by frr when even creating this file for administrator convenience. Otherwise information leaks are eased.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:
See above and below.

Steps to Reproduce:
1. dnf install frr
2. sed -e 's/^zebra=no/zebra=yes/' -e 's/^bgpd=no/bgpd=yes/' -i /etc/frr/daemons
3. systemctl start frr.service
4. ls -l /etc/frr/bgpd.conf
   -rw-r--r--. 1 frr frr 0 May  4 01:07 /etc/frr/bgpd.conf
5. ls -ld /etc/frr/
   drwxr-xr-x. 2 frr frr 4096 May  4 01:07 /etc/frr/

Actual results:
World-readable /etc/frr/bgpd.conf by default.

Expected results:
/etc/frr/bgpd.conf should be maybe 640 by default.

Additional info:
I did not investigate whether this is an upstream or a downstream issue, given frr.service seems to be built on an old initscript (/usr/lib/frr/frr) rather being a modern systemd unit.

Comment 1 Robert Scheck 2020-05-04 00:01:38 UTC
As per https://github.com/FRRouting/frr/blob/master/tools/frr.in#L100 this seems to be a possible frr vulnerability on upstream side rather a downstream mistake; please assign a CVE number.

Comment 2 Robert Scheck 2020-05-13 00:16:22 UTC
Given the Red Hat Product Security team did not really care about this report, even after contacting secalert explicitly, I got in touch with upstream's security contact, which lead to https://github.com/FRRouting/frr/pull/6383 which will be also backported to upstream stable branches.

Comment 3 Robert Scheck 2020-05-13 00:54:34 UTC
Submitted CVE Request 892850 for CVE ID directly at MITRE.

Comment 4 Marian Rehak 2020-06-19 12:49:59 UTC
Created frr tracking bugs for this issue:

Affects: fedora-all [bug 1848993]

Comment 6 Marco Benatto 2020-06-30 14:21:58 UTC
Upstream commit for this issue:

Comment 8 Marian Rehak 2020-07-03 14:44:03 UTC
Hello Robert,

We are now handling this as a security issue. Thank you very much for reporting this earlier. May we acknowledge you as the reporter on our cve pages? If yes, how would you like to be called?

Best regards.

Comment 9 Robert Scheck 2020-07-06 14:33:53 UTC
Hello Marian, yes, you may acknowledge me as the reporter, using just "Robert Scheck" is fine.

Comment 10 Marian Rehak 2020-07-23 16:02:36 UTC

Name: Robert Scheck

Comment 11 Product Security DevOps Team 2020-11-04 02:25:15 UTC
This bug is now closed. Further updates for individual products will be reflected on the CVE page(s):


Comment 12 errata-xmlrpc 2020-11-04 02:25:35 UTC
This issue has been addressed in the following products:

  Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8

Via RHSA-2020:4619 https://access.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2020:4619

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