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Date: Thu, 2 Nov 2023 11:40:04 -0700
From: Alan Coopersmith <>
Subject: Session File Relative Path Traversal in sudo-rs

[I'm not involved with this project or disclosure, but saw it go by and
  thought it worth mentioning here.]
discloses CVE-2023-42456 in versions 0.2.0 & older of the Rust rewrite of sudo.

This vulnerability requires two pre-conditions:

1) Your OS allows usernames containing both '.' and '/' characters.

2) Your site allows users to create usernames containing both '.' and '/'
    characters, with no process or manual review that denies such things.

If both are true, when sudo-rs created a filename containing the username,
it failed to escape the characters, letting them be interpreted by the
filesystem as references to higher level directories ('/../..' etc.)

I don't know how many OS'es meet requirement 1, nor how many sites meet
requirement 2, but it appears the sudo-rs security auditors were able to
convince the developers that the numbers were not provably zero for both.

If those numbers are non-zero, then I have to imagine there's also a non-zero
number of other programs with similar bugs when creating files with usernames

         -Alan Coopersmith-       
          Oracle Solaris Engineering -

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