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IBM Network Station 300s exports /tmp to the world via NFS.

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Date: Fri, 29 Jan 1999 21:43:51 PST
From: Ryan McRonald <mcronald@NETSCAPE.NET>
Subject: TROJAN: netstation.navio-comm.rte

  While configuring some IBM Network Station 300s I noticed that my /tmp
directory had become NFS exported and world read/writeable!!  I traced
this to one of the configuration scripts that is included in AIX's
netstation.navio-com.rte used for the Navio NC browser.

>From /usr/netstation/bin/Xnav:

1)  Magic number is munged ... pet peeve of mine:

    +1  # @(#)93  1.3 src/nav/aix/Xnav.cpp, navio, 41navio110
    +2  #!/bin/ksh
    +3  #

2)  This part is somewhat problematic:

   +98  grep "/tmp" /etc/exports > /dev/null 2>&1
   +99  if [ $? -ne 0 ]; then
  +100          echo "/tmp" >> /etc/exports
  +101          /usr/sbin/exportfs -a
  +102  fi

The fix:

1) Do you have netstation.navio.comm-rte installed?

  # lslpp -l netstation.navio-comm-rte

2)  Check if /tmp is exported with:

  # exportfs

3) If /tmp is exported run:

  # /usr/sbin/rmnfsexp -d /tmp -B

This emphasizes the importance of running a regular "sanity" security
audits such as satan or ISS.

regards from a long-tine bugtraq lurker,


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