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Date: Wed, 23 May 2012 11:15:48 +0200
From: Jan Lieskovsky <jlieskov@...hat.com>
To: Matthias Weckbecker <mweckbecker@...e.de>
CC: oss-security@...ts.openwall.com, "John W. Linville" <linville@...hat.com>
Subject: Re: CVE request(?): hostapd: improper file permissions
 of hostapd's config leaks credentials

Hi Matthias,

   thank you for your request.

On 05/23/2012 10:21 AM, Matthias Weckbecker wrote:
> Hi Kurt,
> Hi vendors,
>
> not too critical in my opinion, but I think still worth to be at least
> mentioned briefly as other distros such as Fedora 16 were affected too:
>
> https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=740964
>
> I'm not sure whether this issue should get a CVE,

We have previously checked this with John W.Linville (Cc-ed on this post too)
with reply from him being as inlined below:

---<inline>---
Jan,

I think you understand it all correctly.

Thanks,

John

On Thu, 2012-05-17 at 12:44 +0200, Jan Lieskovsky wrote:
 > Hello John,
 >
 >    this is due the following Novell bug:
 >    [1] https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=740964
 >
 > I have checked that Fedora hostapd versions, have permissions like
 > (thus insecure too):
 >
 > # ls -l /etc/hostapd/hostapd.conf
 > -rw-r--r--. 1 root root 722 Feb  9  2011 /etc/hostapd/hostapd.conf
 >
 > I am taking the default content of /etc/hostapd/hostapd.conf
 > as an example configuration (thus something which should the
 > administrator of the system to update to reflect their needs
 > to get hostapd for their wireless network configuration to
 > work properly.
 >
 > Thus as such I would say this is just issue of proper configuration
 > (in the moment of editing the configuration file the administrator
 > should update the permissions on the config file too to ensure WPA
 > password wouldn't leak, right?), than a real security flaw.
 >
 > Do you agree with this view or should I request CVE identifier
 > for this issue and we should get hostapd packages in Fedora updated
 > to correct this?
 >
 > Thank you && Regards, Jan.
 > --
 > Jan iankko Lieskovsky / Red Hat Security Response Team
 >
 > P.S.:
 >
 > For the other part of Novell bug (permissions for hostapd.wpa_psk
 > in Fedora versions there doesn't seem to be other hostapd.wpa_psk
 > than just:
 >
 > /usr/share/doc/hostapd-0.7.3/hostapd.wpa_psk
 >
 > which I think is there for documentation / config sample purposes).
 > Thus I would not consider this second part as a security issue.
-- 
John W. Linville            The water won't run clean until you get
linville@...hat.com                       the pigs out of the creek.

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Thus basically from the above, we wouldn't look at this one as a
security flaw, because this is more question of proper configuration,
rather than a real security flaw (the administrator needs in any
case edit /etc/hostapd/hostapd.conf it to suite their needs / their
local wireless configuration before being able to use the hostapd
service. And in that moment [when entering sensitive WPA information
there], they should also change the permissions of the hostapd
configuration it to be more secure / not readable by all local users).

Thus maybe something to be explicitly mentioned in the documentation
(change permissions of the config file post update), but not a security
flaw.

> but in the past similar
> vulnerabilities got a CVE (e.g. CVE-2012-0863).

 From http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2012-0863 and
mainly from:
https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/mumble/+bug/783405/comments/0

the passwords in this case were stored in plaintext in the database,
which is something slightly different.

Hope this helps.

Regards, Jan.
--
Jan iankko Lieskovsky / Red Hat Security Response Team

>
> Thanks,
> Matthias
>

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