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Date: Thu, 11 Nov 2004 20:58:26 +0300
From: Solar Designer <>
Subject: Re: iSEC advisory about binfmt_elf

On Thu, Nov 11, 2004 at 06:22:18PM +0100, Andreas Ericsson wrote:
> Ilya Andreiv wrote:
> >Is 2.4.27-ow1 kernel affected?
> Yes, but the setuid binaries on the system are far fewer than those of 
> most other distributions

Yes, this does reduce the impact.  Especially if you ensure there're
no SUID root binaries; on a default install of Owl (with tcb), it's
sufficient to do:

	control ping wheelonly
	control traceroute wheelonly

There're no other publicly-accessible SUID-roots by default.

(And we're planning to deal with at least traceroute before the next
release such that it won't require SUID root anymore.)

> and none of them exec() other programs

I do not see how that is relevant.

> so impact is greatly reduced. The Linux kernel team (Linus Torvalds et al, 
> not the Owl patchers) were the ones that disclosed the vulnerability,

This is not entirely true.  Paul had to set the public disclosure date

> so 2.4.28 should be out fairly soon to fix this problem.

Fairly soon, yes, but maybe not very soon.  There're more fixes Marcelo
will want to include.

Alexander Peslyak <solar at>
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