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Bugs in Debian Linux's ircd package
From: ainvar () ENTERACT COM (Matt)
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 1997 23:10:57 -0500

There are a couple of bugs in the Undernet IRC Server package (ircd 2.9.32-3)
which is included in Debian Linux 1.3.1 (and probably earlier versions as

First, /etc/ircd/ is set world readable...  This directory contains the server
configuration files and irc operator passwords.  By default, the passwords are
encrypted, but anyone with crack can easily bypass this protection in a few
hours and /oper themselves!

The fix:
chmod 700 /etc/ircd/

Second, the package adds the following line to inetd.conf:
ircd            stream  tcp     wait    root    /usr/sbin/ircd ircd -i

ircd is supposed to be run as 'irc', not 'root'..!  I don't know if this is
exploitable in any way, but the irc server does -not- require root priviledges.

The fix:
chown irc.irc /etc/ircd/


change the line in inetd.conf to
ircd            stream  tcp     wait    irc     /usr/sbin/ircd ircd -i

or (if you are running xinetd)

service ircd
        socket_type     = stream
        user            = irc
        wait            = yes
        server          = /usr/sbin/ircd
        server_args     = -i

That's all for now..
-ir (ainvar () enteract com)
Greets to #hackhelp on the Undernet!

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