Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2011 13:54:33 -0700 From: Vincent Danen <vdanen@...hat.com> To: oss-security@...ts.openwall.com Cc: Dan Rosenberg <dan.j.rosenberg@...il.com>, Pierre Joye <pierre.php@...il.com> Subject: Re: CVE Request: PEAR Installer 1.9.1 <= - Symlink Attack * [2011-03-08 23:20:28 +0000] Helgi ?ormar ?orbj?rnsson wrote: >On 1 Mar 2011, at 12:39, Helgi Þormar Þorbjörnsson wrote: > >> >> On 1 Mar 2011, at 12:19, Dan Rosenberg wrote: >> >>>> Not sure it is fixable, or maybe using a lock on the symbolic link >>>> while fetching its target (to be tested to be sure that such locks >>>> cannot be overridden from shell). >>>> >>> >>> The easiest way is to just open the target with the O_NOFOLLOW flag to >>> avoid following symlinks and abort on failure. If you need to support >>> systems that don't have this flag, then perhaps you could consider >>> using an application-specific temporary directory instead of operating >>> in the world-writable /tmp. >> >> The PEAR installer does use /tmp (and whatever the Windows equivalent is) by default unless the user opts into a local installation or does indeed change the configuration to use other temp/download/cache directories so users can guard themselves with a good setup. >> >> A flag like that would be handy but doesn't exist (yet) in PHP. >> >> I moved over to using the O_CREAT|O_EXCL equivalent in PHP when creating new files and lstat + fopen + fstat and comparing mode/ino/dev before writing to an existing file for the cache. I could add an nlink check to that as well. >> The current version I've been playing around with is located at https://gist.github.com/848371 - It is missing the nlink part but it should be able to deal with TOCTOU problems. That code snippet hasn't been committed as I consider it work-in-progress still. >> >> Any comments / suggestions are welcome, I did write that one quite late last night :-) > >Here is the latest fix for the TOCTOU (e.g. time-of-check-time-of-use) problem: http://news.php.net/php.pear.core/9791 - A proper mix of lstat, fopen, fstat (to ensure no one has messed around with the file pointer between the check and getting the handler) as well as adding in a nlink check to make sure it is 1. > >Hopefully this is enough to fix the problem you had with my earlier fixes and get me the CVE number. Thanks for this. Is that fix the final fix that will be going into PEAR? Or are you asking for a review of the changes to ensure they are sufficient? At any rate, MITRE assigned CVE-2011-1144 to the "incomplete fix for CVE-2011-1072" for which you would use for this code change. (CVE-2010-1072 is for the full problem, CVE-2011-1144 is for the last fix that claimed to fix CVE-2010-1072 and did not do so fully.) -- Vincent Danen / Red Hat Security Response Team
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