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Re: /bin/rm file access vulnerability
From: shane milton <shane.milton () gmail com>
Date: Thu, 30 Dec 2004 07:45:58 -0500

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.

???  Maybe I'm confused.  . . . .but I don't see the problem here.  

-Shane



On Wed, 29 Dec 2004 20:18:25 -0500, Lennart Hansen <xenzeo () gardener com> wrote:
/bin/rm file access vulnerability

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

Author:
         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

#!/usr/bin/perl
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";
       exit();
    } 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!

-Xenzeo

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