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Re: Possible DoS in rsh
From: nick () ZETA ORG AU (Nick Andrew)
Date: Fri, 9 Oct 1998 10:08:46 +1000


In message <199810061943.PAA28852 () bajor ici net>, Shivan Dragon writes:
I don't know if this has been posted before so here it is. If you link your
.rhosts file (or hosts.equiv?) to /dev/zero. When you try to rsh it tried to
read /dev/zero that is of infinate length.

Programs (esp. daemons) which run as root should refuse to read control
files which are symlinks (and home directories should not be on the same
partition as /dev!).

A similar DoS may be possible by symlinking .forward, .qmail, .plan etc.

Nick.



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