Ubuntu 1140-1: PAM vulnerabilities

    Date 30 May 2011
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    Posted By LinuxSecurity Advisories
    An attacker could cause PAM to read or delete arbitrary files or cause it to crash.
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    Ubuntu Security Notice USN-1140-1
    May 30, 2011
    
    pam vulnerabilities
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    A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:
    
    - Ubuntu 11.04
    - Ubuntu 10.10
    - Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
    - Ubuntu 8.04 LTS
    
    Summary:
    
    An attacker could cause PAM to read or delete arbitrary files or cause it
    to crash.
    
    Software Description:
    - pam: Pluggable Authentication Modules
    
    Details:
    
    Marcus Granado discovered that PAM incorrectly handled configuration files
    with non-ASCII usernames. A remote attacker could use this flaw to cause a
    denial of service, or possibly obtain login access with a different users
    username. This issue only affected Ubuntu 8.04 LTS. (CVE-2009-0887)
    
    It was discovered that the PAM pam_xauth, pam_env and pam_mail modules
    incorrectly handled dropping privileges when performing operations. A local
    attacker could use this flaw to read certain arbitrary files, and access
    other sensitive information. (CVE-2010-3316, CVE-2010-3430, CVE-2010-3431,
    CVE-2010-3435)
    
    It was discovered that the PAM pam_namespace module incorrectly cleaned the
    environment during execution of the namespace.init script. A local attacker
    could use this flaw to possibly gain privileges. (CVE-2010-3853)
    
    It was discovered that the PAM pam_xauth module incorrectly handled certain
    failures. A local attacker could use this flaw to delete certain unintended
    files. (CVE-2010-4706)
    
    It was discovered that the PAM pam_xauth module incorrectly verified
    certain file properties. A local attacker could use this flaw to cause a
    denial of service. (CVE-2010-4707)
    
    Update instructions:
    
    The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following
    package versions:
    
    Ubuntu 11.04:
      libpam-modules                  1.1.2-2ubuntu8.2
    
    Ubuntu 10.10:
      libpam-modules                  1.1.1-4ubuntu2.2
    
    Ubuntu 10.04 LTS:
      libpam-modules                  1.1.1-2ubuntu5.2
    
    Ubuntu 8.04 LTS:
      libpam-modules                  0.99.7.1-5ubuntu6.3
    
    In general, a standard system update will make all the necessary changes.
    
    References:
      CVE-2009-0887, CVE-2010-3316, CVE-2010-3430, CVE-2010-3431,
      CVE-2010-3435, CVE-2010-3853, CVE-2010-4706, CVE-2010-4707
    
    Package Information:
      https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/pam/1.1.2-2ubuntu8.2
      https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/pam/1.1.1-4ubuntu2.2
      https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/pam/1.1.1-2ubuntu5.2
      https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/pam/0.99.7.1-5ubuntu6.3
    
    
    

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