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Re: [PSRT] CVE request: os.makedirs(exist_ok=True) is not thread-safe in Python
From: Victor Stinner <victor.stinner () gmail com>
Date: Sat, 29 Mar 2014 09:19:32 +0100


I changed the title of the issue to "os.makedirs(exist_ok=True) is not
thread-safe: umask is set temporary to 0, serious security problem". So the
vulnerability requires an application using exist_ok=True, a
second vulnerability to inject arbitrary code, and at least another thread.
Since umask() is restored the line after umask(0) and CPython has a GIL,
the window to exploit the vulnerability is very short (leess than a second,
closer to 5 ms). This vulnerability looks theorical to me, so I'm not ok to
call it "serious", but it would be nice to fix it.

Hum, I didn't check if umask() releases the GIL.


Le vendredi 28 mars 2014, Vincent Danen <vdanen () redhat com> a écrit :

Cc'ing security () python org <javascript:;> so that they are aware of the
CVE assignment (so please keep them in the cc).  Just copying and pasting
from the Red Hat bug:

It was reported [1] that a patch added to Python 3.2 [2] caused a race
condition where a file created could be created with world read/write
permissions instead of the permissions dictated by the original umask of
the process.  This could allow a local attacker that could win the race to
view and edit files created by a program using this call.

Note that prior versions of Python, including 2.x, do not include the
vulnerable _get_masked_mode() function that is used by os.makedirs() when
exist_ok is set to True.

[1] http://bugs.python.org/issue21082
[2] http://bugs.python.org/issue9299

Our bug is here: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1082177

Could a CVE be assigned to this issue please?  Thank you.

Vincent Danen / Red Hat Security Response Team

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