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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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