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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2005 6:39 pm    Post subject: [ GLSA 200511-06 ] fetchmail: Password exposure in fetchmail Reply with quote

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Title: fetchmail: Password exposure in fetchmailconf (GLSA 200511-06)
Severity: normal
Exploitable: local
Date: November 06, 2005
Bug(s): #110366
ID: 200511-06

Synopsis

fetchmailconf fails to properly handle file permissions, temporarily exposing sensitive information to other local users.

Background

fetchmail is a utility that retrieves and forwards mail from remote systems using IMAP, POP, and other protocols. It ships with fetchmailconf, a graphical utility used to create configuration files.

Affected Packages

Package: net-mail/fetchmail
Vulnerable: < 6.2.5.2-r1
Unaffected: >= 6.2.5.2-r1
Architectures: All supported architectures


Description

Thomas Wolff discovered that fetchmailconf opens the configuration file with default permissions, writes the configuration to it, and only then restricts read permissions to the owner.

Impact

A local attacker could exploit the race condition to retrieve sensitive information like IMAP/POP passwords.

Workaround

Run "umask 077" to temporarily strengthen default permissions, then run "fetchmailconf" from the same shell.

Resolution

All fetchmail users should upgrade to the latest version:
Code:
# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=net-mail/fetchmail-6.2.5.2-r1"


References

Fetchmail Security Advisory
CVE-2005-3088


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