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Re: /bin/rm file access vulnerability
From: Jörg Eschke <joerg () eschke net>
Date: Thu, 30 Dec 2004 12:44:59 +0100

Sure, a user with admin rights is able to access/delete every local
file, regardless of the specific filepermissions.
Your 'exploit' will work with e.g. /bin/cat as well.
But i can't see a vulnerability anyway.

Am i missunderstanding something ?

Am Do, den 30.12.2004 schrieb Lennart Hansen um 2:18:
/bin/rm file access vulnerability

Affected Products:
         /bin/rm (all versions, tested on FreeBSD and linux)
         (http://www.freebsd.org    http://www.kernel.org)

         Xenzeo (Ablazed, Ultralaser, Lennart A. Hansen)
         xenzeo at blackhat dot dk

/bin/rm is a program that removes the named file arguments on unix systems.
When /bin/rm is called it checks the file's permissions and the id of the user
trying to remove the file. If the user does not have the required permissions
to delete the file, /bin/rm will simply reject and exit.

However, it is possible for a person with admin rights (root) to 
delete _any_ file
on the system regardless of who has created it and what it's permissions are.

Proof of concepts:
$ touch /home/xenzeo/file
$ ls -l /home/xenzeo/file
-rw-r--r--  1 xenzeo none 0 Dec 30  2004 /home/xenzeo/file
$ id
uid=1000(xenzeo) gid=513(none) groups=513(none),545(users)
$ su -c 'rm -f /home/xenzeo/file'
$ ls -l /home/xenzeo/file
ls: file: No such file or directory

if ($#ARGV != 0) {
      die "usage: rm-exploit.pl file\r\n";
} else {
    $file = $ARGV[0];
    print "*** CMD: [ /bin/rm -f $file ]\r\n";
    print "~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~\r\n";
    if ($> == 0) {
       print "[-] EXECUTING CMD\r\n";
       system("/bin/rm -f $file");
       print "[-] DONE\r\n";
       print "~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~\r\n";
    } else {
       print "[-] EXPLOIT FAILED\r\n";
       print "[-] YOU ARE NOT ROOT\r\n";
       print "~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~\r\n";

Vender status:
         Neither FreeBSD nor Linux developers have been contacted yet!


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