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Red Hat Security Advisory: ypbind for Red Hat Linux 5.x, 6.x

Oct 23, 2000, 19:40 (0 Talkback[s])

Date: Mon, 23 Oct 2000 11:55:00 -0400
From: bugzilla@REDHAT.COM
To: BUGTRAQ@SECURITYFOCUS.COM
Subject: [RHSA-2000:086-05] ypbind for Red Hat Linux 5.x, 6.x has a local root exploit


                   Red Hat, Inc. Security Advisory

Synopsis:          ypbind for Red Hat Linux 5.x, 6.x has a local root exploit
Advisory ID:       RHSA-2000:086-05
Issue date:        2000-10-16
Updated on:        2000-10-23
Product:           Red Hat Linux
Keywords:          ypbind string format buffer overflow syslog
Cross references:  N/A

1. Topic:

ypbind as shipped in Red Hat Linux 5.x and 6.x is vulnerable to a local root exploit. All systems making use of NIS services are encouraged to upgrade.

2. Relevant releases/architectures:

Red Hat Linux 5.0 - i386, alpha, sparc
Red Hat Linux 5.1 - i386, alpha, sparc
Red Hat Linux 5.2 - i386, alpha, sparc
Red Hat Linux 6.0 - i386, alpha, sparc
Red Hat Linux 6.1 - i386, alpha, sparc
Red Hat Linux 6.2 - i386, alpha, sparc
Red Hat Linux 6.2EE - i386, alpha, sparc

3. Problem description:

Systems using Network Information Service, or NIS, use a daemon called ypbind to request information from a NIS server. This information is then used by the local machine. The logging code in ypbind is vulnerable to a printf string format attack which an attacker could exploit by passing ypbind a carefully crafted request. This attack can successfully lead to local root access.

This problem has been corrected with these new packages.

4. Solution:

If you do not use NIS, you should remove ypbind:

rpm -e ypbind

Otherwise, for each RPM for your particular architecture, run:

rpm -Fvh [filename]

where filename is the name of the RPM.

You should then make sure that the new ypbind is running by issuing:

/etc/rc.d/init.d/ypbind restart

5. Bug IDs fixed (http://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla for more info):

N/A

6. RPMs required:

Red Hat Linux 5.x:

alpha:
ftp://updates.redhat.com/5.2/alpha/ypbind-3.3-10.alpha.rpm

sparc:
ftp://updates.redhat.com/5.2/sparc/ypbind-3.3-10.sparc.rpm

i386:
ftp://updates.redhat.com/5.2/i386/ypbind-3.3-10.i386.rpm

sources:
ftp://updates.redhat.com/5.2/SRPMS/ypbind-3.3-10.src.rpm

Red Hat Linux 6.x:

alpha:
ftp://updates.redhat.com/6.2/alpha/ypbind-1.7-0.6.x.alpha.rpm

sparc:
ftp://updates.redhat.com/6.2/sparc/ypbind-1.7-0.6.x.sparc.rpm

i386:
ftp://updates.redhat.com/6.2/i386/ypbind-1.7-0.6.x.i386.rpm

sources:
ftp://updates.redhat.com/6.2/SRPMS/ypbind-1.7-0.6.x.src.rpm

7. Verification:

MD5 sum                           Package Name

507ff0e63468e829b2c917789ba2fedd 5.2/SRPMS/ypbind-3.3-10.src.rpm

127274f9828d27f895e8d8eee8d38db6 5.2/alpha/ypbind-3.3-10.alpha.rpm
7bbf68a42a3c996c6f69b5ffaf2911f7 5.2/i386/ypbind-3.3-10.i386.rpm
3d0cd8b8700182b9b815525e1f99c82d 5.2/sparc/ypbind-3.3-10.sparc.rpm
d8caa439a1b6c7b26f843bacd01c65f8 6.2/SRPMS/ypbind-1.7-0.6.x.src.rpm
3a426e3060d31aa37b2a41d973ac3f63 6.2/alpha/ypbind-1.7-0.6.x.alpha.rpm
411017238af9a0a8891bd3078547336c 6.2/i386/ypbind-1.7-0.6.x.i386.rpm
3beff51d6a0292fd9d50fe24d07097ac 6.2/sparc/ypbind-1.7-0.6.x.sparc.rpm
These packages are GPG signed by Red Hat, Inc. for security. Our key is available at:
http://www.redhat.com/corp/contact.html

You can verify each package with the following command:
rpm --checksig <filename>

If you only wish to verify that each package has not been corrupted or tampered with, examine only the md5sum with the following command:
rpm --checksig --nogpg <filename>

8. References:

N/A

Copyright(c) 2000 Red Hat, Inc.