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Vixie Cron: Denial of Service



Vixie Cron: Denial of Service
Vixie Cron: Denial of Service



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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory                           GLSA 200704-11
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  Severity: Low
     Title: Vixie Cron: Denial of Service
      Date: April 16, 2007
      Bugs: #164466
        ID: 200704-11

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Synopsis
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The Gentoo implementation of Vixie Cron is vulnerable to a local Denial
of Service.

Background
=========
Vixie Cron is a command scheduler with extended syntax over cron.

Affected packages
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     Package                 /  Vulnerable  /               Unaffected
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  1  sys-process/vixie-cron      < 4.1-r10                  >= 4.1-r10

Description
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During an internal audit, Raphael Marichez of the Gentoo Linux Security
Team found that Vixie Cron has weak permissions set on Gentoo, allowing
for a local user to create hard links to system and users cron files,
while a st_nlink check in database.c will generate a superfluous error.

Impact
=====
Depending on the partitioning scheme and the "cron" group membership, a
malicious local user can create hard links to system or users cron
files that will trigger the st_link safety check and prevent the
targeted cron file from being run from the next restart or database
reload.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All Vixie Cron users should upgrade to the latest version:

    # emerge --sync
    # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=sys-process/vixie-cron-4.1-r10"

References
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  [ 1 ] CVE-2007-1856
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2007-1856 

Availability
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This GLSA and any updates to it are available for viewing at
the Gentoo Security Website:

http://security.gentoo.org/glsa/glsa-200704-11.xml 

Concerns?
========
Security is a primary focus of Gentoo Linux and ensuring the
confidentiality and security of our users machines is of utmost
importance to us. Any security concerns should be addressed to
security@gentoo.org or alternatively, you may file a bug at 
http://bugs.gentoo.org. 

License
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Copyright 2007 Gentoo Foundation, Inc; referenced text
belongs to its owner(s).

The contents of this document are licensed under the
Creative Commons - Attribution / Share Alike license.

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5 



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