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Date: Mon, 11 Jan 2010 08:15:17 -0500 (EST)
From: Josh Bressers <>
Cc: Tomas Hoger <>
Subject: Re: CVE id request: GNU libc: NIS shadow password

----- "Christoph Pleger" <> wrote:
> I did a little testing with a Linux NIS client and a Linux NIS server,
> also with the same client and a Solaris NIS server. I used tcpdump to
> look at the network traffic and saw that, when ypcat is called as root,
> it uses privileged ports. Of course, when called by a non-root user, it
> only uses non-privileged ports.
> It seems that Linux NIS servers as well as Solaris NIS servers expect
> that the request is sent from a privileged port when someone wants to
> look at the "secret" maps, so it is not possible for every user to see
> the encrypted NIS passwords, but only for root. This is still a security
> risk in an environment where every user can connect his or her own
> notebook, but that's another problem.

I was mistaken, this certainly deserves a CVE id.

Please use CVE-2010-0015



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