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silc server and toolkit insecure temporary file creation
From: "Eric Romang / ZATAZ.com" <eromang () zataz com>
Date: Thu, 01 Sep 2005 14:00:59 +0200

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silc server and toolkit insecure temporary file creation

Vendor: http://silcnet.org/
Advisory: http://www.zataz.net/adviso/silc-server-toolkit-06152005.txt
Vendor informed: yes
Exploit available: yes
Impact : low
Exploitation : low

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The vulnerability is caused due to temporary file being created insecurely.
This can be exploited via symlink attacks in combination to create and overwrite arbitrary files with the privileges of the user running the affected script.

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Versions:
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silc-server <= 1.0
silc-toolkit <= 0.9.12-r3

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Solution:
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To prevent symlink attack use kernel patch such as grsecurity

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Timeline:
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Discovered : 2005-05-31
Vendor notified : 2005-06-15
Vendor response : none
Vendor fix : none
Disclosure : 2005-09-01

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Technical details :
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Vulnerable code :
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In silcd/silcd.c

258 /* Dump server statistics into a file into /tmp directory */
259
260 SILC_TASK_CALLBACK(dump_stats)
261 {
262   FILE *fdd;
263   char filename[256];
264
265   memset(filename, 0, sizeof(filename));
266 snprintf(filename, sizeof(filename) - 1, "/tmp/silcd.%d.stats", getpid());
267   fdd = fopen(filename, "w+");
268   if (!fdd)
269     return;
270
271 #define STAT_OUTPUT(fmt, stat) fprintf(fdd, fmt "\n", (int)stat);
272
273   fprintf(fdd, "SILC Server %s Statistics\n\n", silcd->server_name);
274   fprintf(fdd, "Local Stats:\n");

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Related :
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Bug report : http://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=94587

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Credits :
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Eric Romang (eromang () zataz net - ZATAZ Audit)
Thxs to Gentoo Security Team. (Taviso, jaervosz, solar, etc.)


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