Date: Sun, 29 Aug 2010 16:10:48 +0100 From: Tim Brown <timb@...-dimension.org.uk> To: oss-security@...ts.openwall.com Subject: Hardening the linker (was Re: CVE request: CouchDB insecure library loading (Debian/Ubuntu only)) For those of you that missed it, this was actually reported by Dan off the back of a blog post by me describing the generic case: http://www.nth-dimension.org.uk/blog.php?id=87 I'm well aware that the linker is a tool and that it can be misused (as in this case) but is anyone aware of a good reason why empty directory specifications in LD_LIBRARY_PATH, PATH et al are treated as $PWD? The only times I've seen empty specifications it's because of bugs such as the one Dan has reported. Is there a case to look at harding the dynamic linker to reject empty specifications; there's not much that one can do where someone has explicitly set a stupid LD_LIBRARY_PATH? I appreciate that this might has some unwanted outcomes (such as breaking compatibility with other POSIX-alike OS) but sometimes there's a good argument for breaking compatibility if it increases security (some of the various grsec kernel and GCC compiler hardening changes would be good examples here). Tim -- Tim Brown <mailto:timb@...-dimension.org.uk> <http://www.nth-dimension.org.uk/> [ CONTENT OF TYPE application/pgp-signature SKIPPED ]
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