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Re: [Pkg-xfce-devel] Bug#639151: Bug#639151: Bug#639151: Local privilege escalation
From: Yves-Alexis Perez <corsac () debian org>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2011 10:58:26 +0200

On ven., 2011-08-26 at 10:43 +0200, Sebastian Krahmer wrote:

You probably dont take into account the chown() that happens in lightdm.
Just unlink the created ~/.dmrc or ~/.Xauthority files after creation and make a symlink
to /etc/passwd to chown it to yourself.

The chown will be applied to the symlink, not the target. I've tried to
make .Xauthority a symlink to a root-owned file and the destination was
indeed destroyed, but it's still root-owned.

However I didnt dig deep enough into it to write an exploit as I dont have
a working lightdm setup. The correct behavior is to temporarily drop euid/fsuid
to that of the user if doing anything with his files.

Yeah, I'm currently cooking patches doing that, though they'll need
review before apply.

The PAM issue that I was curious about was that a pam_start() etc is done
for the greeter-user (which I expect to be some "lightdm" user)?


I would expect all pam_ calls are only done for the user who is actually
about to login. The question that came up to me was whether pam_environment
from the user would have impact on uid-0 called programs/scripts since
you transfer the PAM env to the process env.

Yeah, that looks fishy, though I have no idea how it's exactly cooked
that way, we'll have to wait for an answer from Robert.


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