Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2023 09:51:03 +0100 From: Hanno Böck <hanno@...eck.de> To: oss-security@...ts.openwall.com Subject: TTY pushback vulnerabilities / TIOCSTI Hi, This blogpost highlights TTY Pushback vulnerabilities enabled via the TIOCSTI kernel functionality available in the Linux kernel: https://www.errno.fr/TTYPushback.html This has been discussed here previously: https://www.openwall.com/lists/oss-security/2017/06/03/9 Though I think there are some noteworthy updates. In the 2017 post solar designer mentioned that the Linux kernel developers have multiple times rejected changes in the kernel. However this has now changed: Starting with Kernel 6.2 it is possible to disable TIOCSTI (unset CONFIG_LEGACY_TIOCSTI). It also appears that very few (or no?) applications practically use TIOCSTI. This seems to be the only real mitigation for this issue. It appears su has a parameter, and in sudo one can configure the creation of a new pty in the sudoers file. I don't consider these as satisfying fixes, as they are optinal, and thus rely on the expectation that users are aware of this risk and manually use these mitigations. That does not seem realistic to me. This also affects such a large number of tools, not just su/sudo-like tools, but also sandboxing tools. E.g. bubblewrap  is affected by this by default. Thus I strongly recommend that people disable this in the kernel.  https://github.com/containers/bubblewrap/issues/555 -- Hanno Böck https://hboeck.de/
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