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Adobe Acrobat bad permissions

    Adobe Acrobat


    Adobe Acrobat


    Even with umask as restrictive as 077, the Adobe binary explicitly
    creates and changes  the AdobeFnt.lst file  in the HOME  directory
    to be world (and group) writable.

    Darren Moffat  notified Adobe  of this  on October  27th 1999  and
    never got  any reply,  see attached.   When starting  the  Acrobat
    Reader 4.0 for  the first time  a new file  called AdobeFnt.lst is
    created in the  users home directory.   This file is  created with
    world writeable permissions (666).

    Given that this  file contains font  mappings, this is  a security
    hole  as  it  would  allow  someone  else  to  replace  your  font
    definitions thus  making the  documents appear  different to  what
    the author intended.

    Dumping non  "." files  in a  users home  directory is  considered
    very bad form in UNIX.

    The AdobeFnt.lst file is  actually comes from  so
    there  is   potential  that   other  Adobe   software  that   uses would also be vulnerable to this bug.  It appears
    that the permissions  are only set  insecurely if the  file didn't
    already exist, so a  very simple wrapper around  AdobeFnt.lst that
    created  the  file  with  good  permissions  first  would probably


    How about following workaround:

        mkdir ~/.adobe
        chmod 600 ~/.adobe
        mv ~AdobeFnt.lst ~/.adobe/
        ln -s ~/.adobe/AdobeFnt.lst ~

    As  the  chmod  will  follow  the  symlink,  it  will  change  the
    permissions of the file, not the  link.  This means that the  file
    itself still ends up  as mode 0666, but  as the directory it's  in
    is mode 0600,  then nobody will  be able to  access it other  than
    the owner.   Adding the above  (with some checking  that it hasn't
    already been  done, etc)  to a  script which  start Acrobat  would
    handle the problem for all users.

    Using  truss  on  Solaris  Darren  J.  Moffat  discovered that the
    creation of the AdobeFnt.lst file  in the users home directory  is
    the only  time that  fchmod(fd, 0666)  was called  so his previous
    LD_PRELOAD  fix  that  circumvents  Adobe's  poor  security can be
    simplfied to just this (compiled and tested):

    #include <limits.h>
    #include <sys/types.h>
    #include <dlfcn.h>
    #include <stdio.h>
    #include <stdlib.h>
    int fchmod(int fildes, mode_t mode)
            static int (*fptr)(int fildes, mode_t mode) = 0;
            if (fptr == 0) {
                fptr = (int (*)(int, mode_t))dlsym(RTLD_NEXT, "fchmod");
                if (fptr == NULL) {
                    (void) printf("dlopen: %s\n", dlerror());
                    return NULL;
            mode = 0600;
            return ((fptr)(fildes, mode));

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