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Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2009 16:37:43 +0200
From: Tomas Hoger <>
To: OSS Security <>
Subject: nilfs-utils privilege escalation


During the package review of nilfs-utils packages before their
inclusion into Fedora, it was pointed out that upstream Makefiles
install files in /sbin as setuid root:

Apart from the fact that those utils most likely don't need to be
setuid on normal installs, Steve Grubb also noticed that mkfs.nilfs2
executes external command using system(), making it easy to elevate

Issue should be fixed in 2.0.14 released this Mon, with patches linked
in the bug mentioned above.  From a quick look, this should not affect
Debian / Ubuntu packages (thanks to dh_fixperms, it seems), Gentoo does
not seem to have any stable version.  I've not looked at other distros.

Tomas Hoger / Red Hat Security Response Team

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