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squirrelmail: squirrelspell plugin check_me.mod.php bug
From: <skylined () edup tudelft nl>
Date: 4 Feb 2002 15:02:02 -0000

In-Reply-To: <1176. () mail bsquad sm pl>

Squirrelspell v0.3.1 is know to be affected, 
vulnerability of other versions is unknown.

The buggy code (extraction):
// Define the command used to spellcheck the 
// For the simplicity's sake we'll put all text into a file
// in attachment_dir directory, then cat it and pipe it to 
// There are other ways to do it, including popen(), but 
it's unidirectional
// and no fun at all.
// NOTE: This will probably change in future releases 
of squirrelspell
// for privacy reasons.
$floc = "$attachment_dir/
$username" . "_sqspell_data.txt";
$fp=fopen($floc, "w");
fwrite($fp, $sqspell_new_text);
exec("cat $floc | $sqspell_command", 
Seems to me one could insert commands in  
$attachment_dir, $username_sqspell_data and 
$SQSPELL_APP[$sqspell_use_app]. Nevermind the 
other variables; any file I/O errors do NOT stop the 
exec() from being executed. (This goes for the "Fatal 
error: Call to undefined function: sqspell_getlang() in 
p on line 59" too.)

Squirrelmail normally is configured to run as 
user "nobody" which is pretty safe but not perfect (so 
I'm told)
On a normal installation, squirrelmail should only 
have write access to /tmp and /[squirrelmail-
installation-path]/data. About read access I'm not 
sure, it probably doesn't have much rights there too.
The installation manual tells user they SHOULD 
make /data inaccessable through you httpd, let's 
hope they did.

I'm not a linux security expert but having access 
as "nobody" to the server doesn't strike me as a BIG 
vulnerability. Having access to the squirrelmail "data" 
directory might be a whole different story.


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