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PamSlam
L0pht-20000104
Published: 2000-01-04 00:00:00
Updated: 2000-01-04 00:00:00

                     L0pht Security Advisory

        Advisory Name: PamSlam
    Advisory Released: [01/04/00]
          Application: userhelper and PAM on Redhat Linux 6.0/6.1
             Severity: A local user can gain root access.
               Status: Vendor contacted. Fix provided by vendor. 
                       Advisory released.
               Author: dildog@l0pht.com
                  WWW: http://www.l0pht.com/advisories.html

Overview:
 
        Both 'pam' and 'userhelper' (a setuid binary that comes with the
'usermode-1.15' rpm) follow .. paths. Since pam_start calls down to
_pam_add_handler(), we can get it to dlopen any file on disk. 'userhelper' 
being setuid means we can get root. 

Description:

        The combination of the fact that both userhelper and PAM follow ..
paths allows us to craft up a file that causes userhelper (by way of PAM) to 
dlopen any shared object we want as root. The exploit is simple, and utilizes
the '-w' option of userhelper, which lets us specify a program to run with the
privileges designated by PAM. This tries to only execute programs that have
entries in /etc/security/console.apps, but since we get to specify the name,
something like ../../../tmp/myprog gets us a file open path that looks like
/etc/security/console.apps/../../../tmp/myprog. "strcat" is not a good way to
keep a filename below a directory!

        After this hurdle, PAM is called to start up the binary, and it does 
the same thing, looking for the filename in /etc/pam.d. If we've placed a rogue
pam.d configuration file in /tmp/myprog, then it can be pointed to 
/etc/pam.d/../../../tmp/myprog. In the pam.d configuration file, we get to pick
a few shared libraries to dlopen, so at this point, we get root.

The following exploit demonstrates this vulnerability by creating a 
'rootshell library' that creates a shell when dlopened, creating a pam.d-style
configuration file, and then running userhelper with the appropriately dotted 
path.


Quick solution:

        Download the fix from RedHat at: 

   Intel:
   ftp://updates.redhat.com/6.1/i386/pam-0.68-10.i386.rpm
   ftp://updates.redhat.com/6.1/i386/usermode-1.17-1.i386.rpm

   Alpha:
   ftp://updates.redhat.com/6.1/alpha/pam-0.68-10.alpha.rpm
   ftp://updates.redhat.com/6.1/alpha/usermode-1.17-1.alpha.rpm

   Sparc:
   ftp://updates.redhat.com/6.1/sparc/pam-0.68-10.sparc.rpm
   ftp://updates.redhat.com/6.1/sparc/usermode-1.17-1.sparc.rpm

   Source packages:
   ftp://updates.redhat.com/6.1/SRPMS/pam-0.68-10.src.rpm
   ftp://updates.redhat.com/6.1/SRPMS/usermode-1.17-1.src.rpm

   Red Hat Linux 6.0:

   Intel:
   ftp://updates.redhat.com/6.1/i386/pam-0.68-10.i386.rpm
   ftp://updates.redhat.com/6.1/i386/usermode-1.17-1.i386.rpm
   ftp://updates.redhat.com/6.0/i386/SysVinit-2.77-2.i386.rpm

   Alpha:
   ftp://updates.redhat.com/6.1/alpha/pam-0.68-10.alpha.rpm
   ftp://updates.redhat.com/6.1/alpha/usermode-1.17-1.alpha.rpm
   ftp://updates.redhat.com/6.0/alpha/SysVinit-2.77-2.alpha.rpm

   Sparc:
   ftp://updates.redhat.com/6.1/sparc/pam-0.68-10.sparc.rpm
   ftp://updates.redhat.com/6.1/sparc/usermode-1.17-1.sparc.rpm
   ftp://updates.redhat.com/6.0/sparc/SysVinit-2.77-2.sparc.rpm

   Source packages:
   ftp://updates.redhat.com/6.1/SRPMS/pam-0.68-10.src.rpm
   ftp://updates.redhat.com/6.1/SRPMS/usermode-1.17-1.src.rpm
   ftp://updates.redhat.com/6.0/SRPMS/SysVinit-2.77-2.src.rpm
        
Exploit:

Uudecode the following script. Run the script.

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*;&%M+F-O;F8*"@``
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