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Date: Tue, 24 Nov 2020 15:41:38 -0300
From: √Črico Nogueira <ericonr@...root.org>
To: <oss-security@...ts.openwall.com>
Subject: Re: Heads up: PAM 1.5.0 has a auth bypass under some
 conditions

On Tue Nov 24, 2020 at 3:02 PM -03, John Helmert III wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 24, 2020 at 07:20:21PM +0100, Marcus Meissner wrote:
> > Hi,
> > 
> > (via IRC, spotted by Foxboron)
> > 
> > PAM 1.5.0 had a potential auth bypass, if a user did not exist and the root password was
> > empty (but root locked down).
> > 
> > The reporters usecase was spammers pretending to be unknown users with a PAM enabled dovecot.
> > 
> > This issue affected only pam 1.5.0.
> > 
> > News entry:
> > https://github.com/linux-pam/linux-pam/commit/28b8c7045ac8ea4ea080bce02a2df9e3b9e98f06
> > 
> > CVE-2020-27780
> > 
> > github issue reporting the problem: https://github.com/linux-pam/linux-pam/issues/284
> > Fixing commit: https://github.com/linux-pam/linux-pam/commit/af0faf666c5008e54dfe43684f210e3581ff1bca
>
> It looks like that commit is in 1.5.0, and the issue was closed by
> commit 30fdfb9 (not af0faf6).

>From the PR [1] that fixed it, the issue was introduced in af0faf6.

Commit 30fdfb9 was made 4 days ago, and is not in the 1.5.0 release
(clearing this up for others, since I thought you meant the issue had
been solved in 1.5.0 already, and was a bit confused).

- [1] https://github.com/linux-pam/linux-pam/pull/300

Cheers,
√Črico

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