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Re: rssh security announcement
From: Russ Allbery <rra () stanford edu>
Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2012 16:09:22 -0800

From: Russ Allbery <rra () stanford edu>
Subject: [PATCH] Handle the rsync v3 -e option for protocol information

As of rsync 3, rsync reused the -e option to pass protocol information
from the client to the server.  We therefore cannot reject all -e
options to rsync, only ones not sent with --server or containing
something other than protocol information as an argument.

Also scan the rsync command line for any --rsh option and reject it as
well.  This replaces and improves the upstream strategy for rejecting
that command-line option, taking advantage of the parsing added to
check the -e option.

Based on work by Robert Hardy.

Debian Bug#471803

Signed-off-by: Russ Allbery <rra () stanford edu>

---
 util.c |   80 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++------
 1 file changed, 73 insertions(+), 7 deletions(-)

diff --git a/util.c b/util.c
index 443dcba..24a8ab3 100644
--- a/util.c
+++ b/util.c
@@ -56,6 +56,7 @@
 #ifdef HAVE_LIBGEN_H
 #include <libgen.h>
 #endif /* HAVE_LIBGEN_H */
+#include <regex.h>
 
 /* LOCAL INCLUDES */
 #include "pathnames.h"
@@ -192,6 +193,74 @@ bool check_command( char *cl, ShellOptions_t *opts, char *cmd, int cmdflag )
 
 
 /*
+ * rsync_e_okay() - take the command line passed to rssh and look for an -e
+ *                 option.  If one is found, make sure --server is provided
+ *                 and the option contains only the protocol information.
+ *                 Also check for and reject any --rsh option.  Returns FALSE
+ *                 if the command line should not be allowed, TRUE if it is
+ *                 okay.
+ */
+static int rsync_e_okay( char **vec )
+{
+       int     status;
+       regex_t re;
+       int     server = FALSE;
+       int     e_found = FALSE;
+
+       /*
+        * rsync will send -e, followed by either just "." (meaning no special
+        * protocol) or "N.N" (meaning a pre-release protocol version),
+        * followed by some number of alphabetic flags indicating various
+        * supported options.  There may be other options between - and the e,
+        * but -e will always be the last option in the string.  A typical
+        * option passed by the client is "-ltpre.iL".
+        *
+        * Note that if --server is given, this should never be parsed as a
+        * shell, but we'll tightly verify it anyway, just in case.
+        *
+        * This regex matches the acceptable flags containing -e, so if it
+        * does not match, the command line should be rejected.
+        */
+       static const char pattern[]
+           = "^-[a-df-zA-Z]*e[0-9]*\.[0-9]*[a-zA-Z]*$";
+
+       /*
+        * Only recognize --server if it's the first option.  rsync itself
+        * always passes it that way, and if it's not the first argument, it
+        * could be hidden from the server as an argument to some other
+        * option.
+        */
+       if ( vec && vec[0] && vec[1] && strcmp(vec[1], "--server") == 0 ){
+               server = TRUE;
+       }
+
+       /* Check the remaining options for -e or --rsh. */
+       if ( regcomp(&re, pattern, REG_EXTENDED | REG_NOSUB) != 0 ){
+               return FALSE;
+       }
+       while (vec && *vec){
+               if ( strcmp(*vec, "--") == 0 ) break;
+               if ( strcmp(*vec, "--rsh") == 0
+                    || strncmp(*vec, "--rsh=", strlen("--rsh=")) == 0 ){
+                       regfree(&re);
+                       return FALSE;
+               }
+               if ( strncmp(*vec, "--", 2) != 0 && opt_exist(*vec, 'e') ){
+                       e_found = TRUE;
+                       if ( regexec(&re, *vec, 0, NULL, 0) != 0 ){
+                               regfree(&re);
+                               return FALSE;
+                       }
+               }
+               vec++;
+       }
+       regfree(&re);
+       if ( e_found && !server ) return FALSE;
+       return TRUE;
+}
+
+
+/*
  * check_command_line() - take the command line passed to rssh, and verify
  *                       that the specified command is one the user is
  *                       allowed to run and validate the arguments.  Return the
@@ -223,13 +292,10 @@ char *check_command_line( char **cl, ShellOptions_t *opts )
 
        if ( check_command(*cl, opts, PATH_RSYNC, RSSH_ALLOW_RSYNC) ){
                /* filter -e option */
-               if ( opt_filter(cl, 'e') ) return NULL;
-               while (cl && *cl){
-                       if ( strstr(*cl, "--rsh=" ) ){
-                               fprintf(stderr, "\ninsecure --rsh= not allowed.");
-                               log_msg("insecure --rsh option in rsync command line!");
-                               return NULL;
-                       }
+               if ( !rsync_e_okay(cl) ){
+                       fprintf(stderr, "\ninsecure -e or --rsh option not allowed.");
+                       log_msg("insecure -e or --rsh option in rsync command line!");
+                       return NULL;
                }
                return PATH_RSYNC;
        }
-- 
tg: (05e48f5..) fixes/rsync-protocol (depends on: upstream fixes/command-line-checking)

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