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Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2016 10:39:30 +0200
From: Sebastian Krahmer <>
To: "Eric W. Biederman" <>,,
Subject: Re: Re: [Pkg-shadow-devel] subuid security patches
 for shadow package

On Mon, Jul 25, 2016 at 10:03:31AM +0200, Sebastian Krahmer wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 20, 2016 at 11:48:52PM +0200, Nicolas Fran├žois wrote:
> > Hi,
> > 
> > The first point looks like a non issue to me.
> > 
> > getlogin() is used to differentiate users with the same UID.
> > The result of getlogin() is checked: if it returns a username that do not
> > have the UID returned by getuid(), it will be ignored.
> > 
> > 
> > Best Regards,
> > -- 
> > Nekral
> I agree that its not a severe issue. But its dubious code at best.
> I couldnt even imagine someone would have usernames with different UID's?
> Maybe such configs should not be encouraged and potential issues with
> that discussed.
> My understanding of secure coding is that getlogin() should not
> be trusted. Having same username with multiple UIDs is also to be avoided
> IMHO, since its asking for trouble (I dont know if thats some requirement
> of LSB or POSIX or so?)

Err, sorry. Shared UID, different name (the other way around, thanks Alex).
But then you are open to GID hopping attacks (as also previously
pointed out) since you actually _do_ rely on getlogin() trust.



~ perl
~ $_='print"\$_=\47$_\47;eval"';eval
~ - SuSE Security Team

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