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From: Raphael Marichez <falco@g.o>
Subject: [ GLSA 200710-25 ] MLDonkey: Privilege escalation
Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2007 23:43:02 +0200
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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory                           GLSA 200710-25
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  Severity: High
     Title: MLDonkey: Privilege escalation
      Date: October 24, 2007
      Bugs: #189412
        ID: 200710-25

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Synopsis
========

The Gentoo MLDonkey ebuild adds a user to the system with a valid login
shell and no password.

Background
==========

MLDonkey is a peer-to-peer filesharing client that connects to several
different peer-to-peer networks, including Overnet and BitTorrent.

Affected packages
=================

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     Package           /  Vulnerable  /                     Unaffected
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  1  net-p2p/mldonkey     < 2.9.0-r3                       >= 2.9.0-r3

Description
===========

The Gentoo MLDonkey ebuild adds a user to the system named "p2p" so
that the MLDonkey service can run under a user with low privileges.
This user is created with a valid login shell and no password.

Impact
======

A remote attacker could log into a vulnerable system as the p2p user.
This would require an installed login service that permitted empty
passwords, such as SSH configured with the "PermitEmptyPasswords yes"
option, a local login console, or a telnet server.

Workaround
==========

See Resolution.

Resolution
==========

Change the p2p user's shell to disallow login. For example, as root run
the following command:

    # usermod -s /bin/false p2p

NOTE: updating to the current MLDonkey ebuild will not remove this
vulnerability, it must be fixed manually. The updated ebuild is to
prevent this problem from occurring in the future.

Availability
============

This GLSA and any updates to it are available for viewing at
the Gentoo Security Website:

  http://security.gentoo.org/glsa/glsa-200710-25.xml

Concerns?
=========

Security is a primary focus of Gentoo Linux and ensuring the
confidentiality and security of our users machines is of utmost
importance to us. Any security concerns should be addressed to
security@g.o or alternatively, you may file a bug at
http://bugs.gentoo.org.

License
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Copyright 2007 Gentoo Foundation, Inc; referenced text
belongs to its owner(s).

The contents of this document are licensed under the
Creative Commons - Attribution / Share Alike license.

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5
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