BRU (Backup and Recovery Utility) poor permissions
This commercial UNIX backup program creates the /usr/local/lib/bru directory mode 777. This directory apparently contains sources. Enough said.
Kyle Amon <amonk@GNUTEC.COM>
Any running vulnerable version of BRU (There is a Linux version, probably also Solaris and other *NIX).
8 November 1997
Date: Sat, 8 Nov 1997 00:58:54 -0500
From: Kyle Amon <amonk@GNUTEC.COM>
Subject: xbru vulnerability
BRU (Backup and Recovery Utility) is a fairly commonly used commercial
UNIX backup program available from EST, Inc. (Enhanced Software Technologies).
They have a website at http://www.estinc.com and were instrumental in some
of the recent FTAPE driver improvements for Linux. All in all it's a
great program, however they have added a new tcl/tk based GUI interface
which installs with inappropriate permissions. Below is an abreviated
version of a conversation I recently had with them.
> I recently bought bru (full version) for Linux. When xbru installs, it
> creates a /usr/local/lib/bru directory with mode 777. Is this mode
> required for some reason? Because, if not, it looks a little loose to me?
> Yes, at the present time it does need to be 777. Bru does some work which
> requires that mode; however, I've turned this one over to our programming shop
> to look at a change to this in the future. Thank you for the inquiry.
> Hmm. Doesn't that seem like a bad idea? What's to keep any of my users
> from mucking about in there? Nothing. And what about a tcl/tk proficient
> user? Since xbru would be run as root more often than not, what's to keep
> them from adding some nasties to the source? Nothing. It looks like a
> pretty major security hole to me.
> I passed your message on to our engineering staff for future implementations
> and, about two minutes later, the senior member was in my office with concern
> written on his face :(
> It appears as though the program was NOT suppose to go out 777 -- rather
> 1777. That little sticky bit of a difference provides for the security of
> ownership. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.
> You can make the following change to your system as shown:
> chmod 1777 /usr/local/lib/bru (assuming root login)
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