Date: Mon, 7 Mar 2011 15:25:37 -0500 (EST) From: Josh Bressers <bressers@...hat.com> To: oss-security@...ts.openwall.com Cc: Solar Designer <solar@...nwall.com>, Florian Zumbiehl <florz@...rz.de>, "Steven M. Christey" <coley@...us.mitre.org>, Stefan Fritsch <sf@...itsch.de>, Jan Kaluza <jkaluza@...hat.com>, Paul Martin <pm@...ian.org>, Petr Uzel <petr.uzel@...e.cz>, Thomas Biege <thomas@...e.de>, Jan Lieskovsky <jlieskov@...hat.com> Subject: Re: CVE Request -- logrotate -- nine issues ----- Original Message ----- > On Friday, March 04, 2011 12:52:14 pm Solar Designer wrote: > > On Fri, Mar 04, 2011 at 12:05:02PM -0500, Steven M. Christey wrote: > > > If there's a common usage scenario that doesn't stem from blatant > > > administrator negligence, then a CVE is probably still appropriate. > > > ("blatant admin negligence" might be, say, if an admin arbitrarily > > > makes a script setuid, or modifies the perms for an executable or > > > config file to be world-writable.) > > > > I think that "chmod 777 /var/log" is "blatant admin negligence". As to, > > say, "chown nginx /var/log/nginx", it could be negligence or it could > > be lack of familiarity with the risks involved. So I am willing to > > admit that it's not necessarily negligence that turns those issues into > > vulnerabilities on specific systems. > > > > > We will sometimes write the CVE description more as an "adminisrator > > > practice" than as "fault of the software." > > > > Oh, this is something I did not realize. A lot of people assume that > > CVEs "blame" the software and its authors for having made an error. > > > > It felt wrong, say, to blame a text editor for being unsafe to use on > > files in untrusted directories when such unsafety was the typical and > > expected situation for text editors in general. > > So, where does that leave us for things like this? : > > http://reverse.lostrealm.com/protect/ldd.html > http://www.catonmat.net/blog/ldd-arbitrary-code-execution/ > Steve, Can you start a new thread for that issue. This one is already hard enough to follow, and I think it deserves attention on its own. Thanks. -- JB
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