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Date: Mon, 9 Nov 2009 20:35:57 -0500 (EST)
From: Josh Bressers <>
Cc: "Steven M. Christey" <>
Subject: Re: CVE request: oping allows the disclosure of
  arbitrary file contents

----- "Steven M. Christey" <> wrote:
> This says:
>   2009-09-29 Version 1.3.3 is available. The new release fixes a serious
>   security issue in oping: If the application is installed with the
>   SetUID-bit, anybody on the system could use oping to read arbitrary files
>   using the "-f" option.
> So as stated, this sounds worthy of a CVE to me.  Thoughts?

That issue has a CVE id. I gave it CVE-2009-3614 quite some time ago.

The discussion then branched out into if an unchecked call to setuid to drop
permissions is a security flaw (as a user could cause it to fail, preventing
oping from dropping privs). I saw nothing in the code that showed it to be
anything but a bug, as oping doesn't do anything exciting after the call could


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