The kexec-tools package contains the /sbin/kexec binary and utilities that together form the user-space component of the kernel’s kexec feature. Kdump used the SSH (Secure Shell) “StrictHostKeyChecking=no” option when dumping to SSH targets, causing the target kdump server’s SSH host key not to be checked. This could make it easier for a man-in-the-middle attacker on the local network to impersonate the kdump SSH target server and possibly gain access to sensitive information in the vmcore dumps. The mkdumprd utility created initrd files with world-readable permissions. A local user could possibly use this flaw to gain access to sensitive information, such as the private SSH key used to authenticate to a remote server when kdump was configured to dump to an SSH target. The mkdumprd utility included unneeded sensitive files (such as all files from the “/root/.ssh/” directory and the host’s private SSH keys) in the resulting initrd. This could lead to an information leak when initrd files were previously created with world-readable permissions. Updated packages are available from ftp.redhat.com.
-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA1 ===================================================================== Red Hat Security Advisory Synopsis: Moderate: kexec-tools security, bug fix, and enhancement update Advisory ID: RHSA-2012:0152-03 Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux Advisory URL: https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2012-0152.html Issue date: 2012-02-21 CVE Names: CVE-2011-3588 CVE-2011-3589 CVE-2011-3590 ===================================================================== 1. Summary: An updated kexec-tools package that resolves three security issues, fixes several bugs and adds various enhancements is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5. The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having moderate security impact. Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base scores, which give detailed severity ratings, are available for each vulnerability from the CVE links in the References section. 2. Relevant releases/architectures: Red Hat Enterprise Linux (v. 5 server) - i386, ia64, ppc, s390x, x86_64 Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop (v. 5 client) - i386, x86_64 3. Description: The kexec-tools package contains the /sbin/kexec binary and utilities that together form the user-space component of the kernel's kexec feature. The /sbin/kexec binary facilitates a new kernel to boot using the kernel's kexec feature either on a normal or a panic reboot. The kexec fastboot mechanism allows booting a Linux kernel from the context of an already running kernel. Kdump used the SSH (Secure Shell) "StrictHostKeyChecking=no" option when dumping to SSH targets, causing the target kdump server's SSH host key not to be checked. This could make it easier for a man-in-the-middle attacker on the local network to impersonate the kdump SSH target server and possibly gain access to sensitive information in the vmcore dumps. (CVE-2011-3588) The mkdumprd utility created initrd files with world-readable permissions. A local user could possibly use this flaw to gain access to sensitive information, such as the private SSH key used to authenticate to a remote server when kdump was configured to dump to an SSH target. (CVE-2011-3589) The mkdumprd utility included unneeded sensitive files (such as all files from the "/root/.ssh/" directory and the host's private SSH keys) in the resulting initrd. This could lead to an information leak when initrd files were previously created with world-readable permissions. Note: With this update, only the SSH client configuration, known hosts files, and the SSH key configured via the newly introduced sshkey option in "/etc/kdump.conf" are included in the initrd. The default is the key generated when running the "service kdump propagate" command, "/root/.ssh/kdump_id_rsa". (CVE-2011-3590) Red Hat would like to thank Kevan Carstensen for reporting these issues. This updated kexec-tools package also includes numerous bug fixes and enhancements. Space precludes documenting all of these changes in this advisory. Users are directed to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8 Technical Notes, linked to in the References, for information on the most significant of these changes. All users of kexec-tools are advised to upgrade to this updated package, which resolves these security issues, fixes these bugs and adds these enhancements. 4. Solution: Before applying this update, make sure all previously-released errata relevant to your system have been applied. This update is available via the Red Hat Network. Details on how to use the Red Hat Network to apply this update are available at https://access.redhat.com/kb/docs/DOC-11259 5. Bugs fixed (http://bugzilla.redhat.com/): 662530 - ln: creating symbolic link `/tmp/initrd.ta4308/lib/libc.so.6' to `/lib/power6/libc.so.6': File exists 678308 - kexec kernel crashes due to use of reserved memory range 709622 - Non-portable "while" loop form used 716439 - CVE-2011-3588 CVE-2011-3589 CVE-2011-3590 kexec-tools: Multiple security flaws by management of kdump core files and ramdisk images 748319 - fsck: WARNING: couldn't open /etc/fstab: No such file or directory 6. Package List: Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop (v. 5 client): Source: ftp://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/linux/enterprise/5Client/en/os/SRPMS/kexec-tools-1.102pre-154.el5.src.rpm i386: kexec-tools-1.102pre-154.el5.i386.rpm kexec-tools-debuginfo-1.102pre-154.el5.i386.rpm x86_64: kexec-tools-1.102pre-154.el5.x86_64.rpm kexec-tools-debuginfo-1.102pre-154.el5.x86_64.rpm Red Hat Enterprise Linux (v. 5 server): Source: ftp://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/linux/enterprise/5Server/en/os/SRPMS/kexec-tools-1.102pre-154.el5.src.rpm i386: kexec-tools-1.102pre-154.el5.i386.rpm kexec-tools-debuginfo-1.102pre-154.el5.i386.rpm ia64: kexec-tools-1.102pre-154.el5.ia64.rpm kexec-tools-debuginfo-1.102pre-154.el5.ia64.rpm ppc: kexec-tools-1.102pre-154.el5.ppc64.rpm kexec-tools-debuginfo-1.102pre-154.el5.ppc64.rpm s390x: kexec-tools-1.102pre-154.el5.s390x.rpm kexec-tools-debuginfo-1.102pre-154.el5.s390x.rpm x86_64: kexec-tools-1.102pre-154.el5.x86_64.rpm kexec-tools-debuginfo-1.102pre-154.el5.x86_64.rpm These packages are GPG signed by Red Hat for security. Our key and details on how to verify the signature are available from https://access.redhat.com/security/team/key/#package 7. References: https://www.redhat.com/security/data/cve/CVE-2011-3588.html https://www.redhat.com/security/data/cve/CVE-2011-3589.html https://www.redhat.com/security/data/cve/CVE-2011-3590.html https://access.redhat.com/security/updates/classification/#moderate https://docs.redhat.com/docs/en-US/Red_Hat_Enterprise_Linux/5/html/5.8_Technical_Notes/kexec-tools.html#RHSA-2012-0152 8. Contact: The Red Hat security contact is <email@example.com>. More contact details at https://access.redhat.com/security/team/contact/ Copyright 2012 Red Hat, Inc. -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v1.4.4 (GNU/Linux) iD8DBQFPQyQMXlSAg2UNWIIRApq/AJ0ZwqFYHbah41BGXco+XPVy8jG9RQCfbf1A ktTcdfCXzt+fLDHf6wyNNWQ= =Seoe -----END PGP SIGNATURE-----