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0A29-11-4 : Privilege escalation vulnerabilities in Nagios XI installer < 2011R1.9 Dec 14 2011 06:22PM
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Privilege escalation vulnerabilities in Nagios XI installer < 2011R1.9

Author: 0a29406d9794e4f9b30b3c5d6702c708

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Description:
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Multiple privilege escalations exist within Nagios XI installer.

Tested against 2011R1.8, dated October 28, 2011. Fixes detailed in
http://assets.nagios.com/downloads/nagiosxi/CHANGES-2011.TXT (2011R1.9
- 12/07/2011)

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Details:
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Vulnerability 1: Arbitrary RPM installation
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Files:
0-yum
1-prereqs

In certain situations files matching /tmp/epel-release*.rpm ,
/tmp/rpmforge-release*.rpm
and /tmp/php-pear-HTML-Template-IT*.rpm will be installed.

e.g. from 0-yum:

if ! rpm -q epel-release &>/dev/null; then
<snip>
cd /tmp
<snip>
rpm -Uvh epel-release*.rpm
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Vulnerability 2: Arbitrary crontab intallation
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Files:
install-crontab-root
install-crontab-nagios
uninstall-crontab-nagios

A malicious user can exploit a race condition to control the root and
nagios user's
crontab. By creating the temporary file in advance (to control
permissions) an attacker
can insert entries before it is used to update the crontab.

e.g. from install-crontab-root:
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#!/bin/sh

crontab -l -u root | grep -v "/usr/local/nagiosxi/" > /tmp/root.crontab.new
cat nagiosxi/crontab.root >> /tmp/root.crontab.new

crontab -u root /tmp/root.crontab.new

rm -f /tmp/root.crontab.new

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