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Re: Demarc Puresecure v1.6 - Plaintext password issue -
From: "Kurt Seifried" <kurt () seifried org>
Date: Sat, 24 May 2003 09:23:40 -0700

"Ryan Purita" <ryan () totally-connected com> wrote:

The file psd.conf should be owned by root and its mode 600. Only if a
person gets root access in that box, she could read the password. Lots of
applications relay on that, for instance, snort, which is used by Demarc
PureSecure, stores the SQL password in plain text in snort.conf.

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But why do the agents need "DROP" privileges on the database? In my mind for
any "secure" logging system the agents should have append only access, that
is the ability to create new entries. Not modify or remove old ones. If an
attacker breaks into a Puresecure agent they can now flush out any traces of
their attack and future attacks on the server. Seeing as how this product is
aimed at major deployment (i.e. multiple sensors) including installation on
end systems (running all sorts of potentially vulnerable services, or simply
having hostile users with local access already....) this creates a huge
number of oppurtunities for an attacker.

Is it just me or does anyone else think such as system where the agents have
the ability to remove any trace of an attack once they are compromised is a
bad thing?

Kurt Seifried, kurt () seifried org
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http://seifried.org/security/


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