shadow: Privilege escalation — GLSA 200606-02

A security issue in shadow allows a local user to perform certain actions with escalated privileges.

Affected Packages

sys-apps/shadow on all architectures
Affected versions < 4.0.15-r2
Unaffected versions >= 4.0.15-r2

Background

shadow provides a set of utilities to deal with user accounts.

Description

When the mailbox is created in useradd, the "open()" function does not receive the three arguments it expects while O_CREAT is present, which leads to random permissions on the created file, before fchmod() is executed.

Impact

Depending on the random permissions given to the mailbox file which is at this time owned by root, a local user may be able to open this file for reading or writing, or even executing it, maybe as the root user.

Workaround

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution

All shadow users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=sys-apps/shadow-4.0.15-r2"

References

Release Date
June 07, 2006

Latest Revision
June 07, 2006: 01

Severity
normal

Exploitable
local

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