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From: Thomas Deutschmann <whissi@g.o>
To: gentoo-announce@l.g.o
Subject: [gentoo-announce] [ GLSA 201808-03 ] NetworkManager VPNC plugin: Privilege escalation
Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2018 21:38:49
Message-Id: e291e423-4496-912c-f527-5d3764670ae2@gentoo.org
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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory                           GLSA 201808-03
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                                           https://security.gentoo.org/
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 Severity: Normal
    Title: NetworkManager VPNC plugin: Privilege escalation
     Date: August 22, 2018
     Bugs: #661712
       ID: 201808-03

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Synopsis
========

A vulnerability in NetworkManager VPNC plugin allows local users to
escalate privileges.

Background
==========

NetworkManager is an universal network configuration daemon for
laptops, desktops, servers and virtualization hosts.

The VPNC plugin provides easy access Cisco Concentrator based VPN's
utilizing NetworkManager.

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

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     Package              /     Vulnerable     /            Unaffected
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  1  net-misc/networkmanager-vpnc
                                  < 1.2.6                    >= 1.2.6

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

When initiating a VPNC connection, NetworkManager spawns a new vpnc
process and passes the configuration via STDIN. By injecting a special
character into a configuration parameter, an attacker can coerce
NetworkManager to set the Password helper option to an attacker
controlled executable file.

Impact
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A local attacker is able to escalate privileges via a specially crafted
configuration file.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
==========

All NetworkManager VPNC plugin users should upgrade to the latest
version:

  # emerge --sync
  # emerge --ask --oneshot -v ">=net-misc/networkmanager-vpnc-1.2.6"

References
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[ 1 ] CVE-2018-10900
      https://nvd.nist.gov/vuln/detail/CVE-2018-10900

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

 https://security.gentoo.org/glsa/201808-03

Concerns?
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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
https://bugs.gentoo.org.

License
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Copyright 2018 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.

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

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