rssh, scponly: Unrestricted command execution — GLSA 200412-01

rssh and scponly do not filter command-line options that can be exploited to execute any command, thereby allowing a remote user to completely bypass the restricted shell.

Affected Packages

net-misc/scponly on all architectures
Affected versions < 4.0
Unaffected versions >= 4.0
app-shells/rssh on all architectures
Affected versions <= 2.2.2
Unaffected versions >= 2.2.3

Background

rssh and scponly are two restricted shells, allowing only a few predefined commands. They are often used as a complement to OpenSSH to provide access to remote users without providing any remote execution privileges.

Description

Jason Wies discovered that when receiving an authorized command from an authorized user, rssh and scponly do not filter command-line options that can be used to execute any command on the target host.

Impact

Using a malicious command, it is possible for a remote authenticated user to execute any command (or upload and execute any file) on the target machine with user rights, effectively bypassing any restriction of scponly or rssh.

Workaround

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution

All scponly users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=net-misc/scponly-4.0"

All rssh users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=app-shells/rssh/rssh-2.2.3"

References

Release Date
December 03, 2004

Latest Revision
May 22, 2006: 03

Severity
normal

Exploitable
remote

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