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Date: Fri, 21 Sep 2012 11:31:47 -0400
From: Michael Gilbert <>
Subject: Re: Re: CVE request(?): gpg: improper file permssions
 set when en/de-crypting files

On Fri, Sep 21, 2012 at 6:37 AM, Tomas Mraz wrote:
> On Fri, 2012-09-21 at 12:20 +0200, Matthias Weckbecker wrote:
>> Hello Steve, Kurt, Vitezslav, Tomas, vendors,
>> we have recently been notified about a potential issue with gpg: When files
>> are en/de-crypted the result is written world-readable by default.
>> Short example (quote from [1]):
>>  # de-crypting
>>  % gpg sikrit.gpg
>>  % ll sikrit*
>>    -rw-r--r-- 1 gp users  12 Sep 17 09:41 sikrit
>>    -rw------- 1 gp users 480 Sep 17 09:40 sikrit.gpg
>>  # en-crypting
>>  % echo "my password" > sikrit
>>  % chmod go= sikrit
>>  % ll sikrit
>>    -rw------- 1 gp users 12 Sep 17 09:38 sikrit
>>  % gpg -e -r pfeifer sikrit
>>  % wipe sikrit
>>  % ll sikrit.gpg
>>    -rw-r--r-- 1 gp users 480 Sep 17 09:40 sikrit.gpg
>> [1]
>> Wouldn't one usually expect files that were previously encrypted to contain
>> sensitive content (that's probably why content is encrypted at all)? And if
>> so, shouldn't such files be only readable by certain users / group of users
>> by default? Otherwise, a file that is e.g. decrypted in /tmp might leak due
>> to the file permissions being too loose.
>> I'm not quite sure whether to assign a CVE for this, so I thought I'd just
>> add a question mark behind the subject and let the list (and Kurt) decide.
> I suppose the permissions respect the user's umask so I do not think
> this is a real security issue in the gpg itself. Although using the
> permissions of the original file when creating the decrypted/encrypted
> one (still modified with the user's umask) would be more appropriate. So
> in my opinion this does not warrant a CVE but improvement in the
> upstream gnupg code would be appreciated I think.

Any security weakness can qualify for the E in CVE.  Really the point
of CVE is increasing awareness.  So whether any issue is a very minor
E is really immaterial, but lets give it a number so those who
actually care can become aware and take action.

Best wishes,

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