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Date: Mon, 05 Jan 2015 11:08:45 -0700
From: Kurt Seifried <>
Subject: Re: CVE-2014-8148: midgard-core configures D-Bus system
 bus to be insecure

Just a note, this was assigned CVE-2014-8148 midgard-core dbus policy
local priv escalation on vendor sec previously.

On 05/01/15 08:03 AM, Simon McVittie wrote:
> Type of vulnerability: CWE-284 Improper Access Control
> Exploitable by: local users
> Impact: could allow arbitrary code execution as root (dependent on
> installed D-Bus system services)
> Reporter: Simon McVittie, Collabora Ltd.
> Upstream notified: 2014-12-19
> Midgard2 is an open source content repository for data-intensive web and
> desktop applications.
> While checking Debian for incorrect/dangerous D-Bus security policy
> files (found in /etc/dbus-1/system.d/*.conf) I found this access control
> rule in midgard2-common/, part of the upstream project
> midgard-core:
> <policy context="default">               <==== "applies to everyone"
>   <allow own="org.midgardproject" />     <==== probably undesired
>   <allow send_type="method_call"/>       <==== definitely bad
>   <allow send_type="signal" />           <==== not good either
> </policy>
> This is analogous to an overly permissive "chmod": it allows any process
> on the system bus to send any method call or signal to any other process
> on the system bus, including those that are normally forbidden either
> explicitly or via the system bus' documented default-deny policy. Some
> D-Bus system services perform additional authorization checks, either
> via Polkit/PolicyKit or internally, but many services rely on the system
> bus to apply their intended security model.
> For instance, depending on installed software, this vulnerability could
> allow unprivileged local users to:
> * invoke Avahi's SetHostName() method
> * communicate with bluetooth devices using BlueZ
> * install printer drivers using system-config-printer
> * run NetworkManager "dispatcher" scripts
> * ...
> It seems likely that at least one of these services can be used for
> arbitrary code execution as root, making this a severe vulnerability.
> Regards,
>     S

Kurt Seifried -- Red Hat -- Product Security -- Cloud
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