vzctl: Security bypass — GLSA 201701-30

A vulnerability in vzctl might allow attackers to gain control over ploop containers.

Affected Packages

sys-cluster/vzctl on all architectures
Affected versions < 4.9.4
Unaffected versions >= 4.9.4

Background

vzctl is a set of control tools for the OpenVZ server virtualization solution.

Description

It was discovered that vzctl determined the virtual environment (VE) layout based on the presence of root.hdd/DiskDescriptor.xml in the VE private directory. This allows local simfs container (CT) root users to change the root password for arbitrary ploop containers. This is demonstrated by a symlink attack on the ploop container root.hdd file which can then be used to access a control panel.

Impact

An attacker with root privileges, in a simfs-based container, could gain control over ploop-based containers.

Workaround

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution

All vzctl users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=sys-cluster/vzctl-4.9.4"
 

References

Release Date
January 11, 2017

Latest Revision
January 11, 2017: 1

Severity
normal

Exploitable
local, remote

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