MCollective: Privilege escalation — GLSA 201412-15

Two vulnerabilities have been found in MCollective, the worst of which could lead to privilege escalation.

Affected Packages

app-admin/mcollective on all architectures
Affected versions < 2.5.3
Unaffected versions >= 2.5.3

Background

MCollective is a framework to build server orchestration or parallel job execution systems.

Description

Two vulnerabilities have been found in MCollective:

  • An untrusted search path vulnerability exists in MCollective (CVE-2014-3248)
  • MCollective does not properly validate server certificates (CVE-2014-3251)

Impact

A local attacker can execute arbitrary a Trojan horse shared library, potentially resulting in arbitrary code execution and privilege escalation. Furthermore, a local attacker may be able to establish unauthorized MCollective connections.

Workaround

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution

All MCollective users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=app-admin/mcollective-2.5.3"
 

References

Release Date
December 13, 2014

Latest Revision
December 13, 2014: 1

Severity
normal

Exploitable
local

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