Brief Description: rdist(8) uses popen(3) to execute sendmail(8). It doesn't properly restrict the PATH variable.
Detailed Description: rdist is a program designed to keep filesystems synchronized across multiple machines in a trusted network. rdist uses popen to execute sendmail to send a letter informing the user of its completion status. rdist does not reset the environment variable PATH to a safe state before it calls popen.
Component(s): rdist popen sh
Version(s): those distributed with the named operating systems
Operating System(s): SunOS 4.1.2 and earlier (trusted source); A/UX 2.0.1 (trusted source); SCO 3.2v4.2 (trusted source); BSD NET/2-derived systems (trusted source).
Other Information: A user account is required. Network access to another system is not required as a source can be sent to a local system.
Effects:Access to the account of the owner of rdist
Detecting the Vulnerability:
* Compare versions with those listed in "Vulnerable Systems." If it matches any of those, you are vulnerable.
* Replace sendmail with a shell script that prints the current value of PATH (using, for example, echo(1)). Add the director / to your search path. Run rdist and see if the value of PATH in your current environment is printed. If so, you have the vulnerability.
Fixing the Vulnerability:
* Upgrade to a newer version.
* For SunOS 4.1.2 systems, apply Sun patch 100383-06.
* If you have the source code, clean out the environment before calling popen.
Keywords:rdist, popen, sh, PATH
Attack Methods or Tools: Not provided.
Advisories and Other Alerts: CA-91:20.rdist.vulnerability
Related Vulnerabilities: none.
First Report We Know Of: by none
Revisions of Database Record
1. Omar Vanegas(Jul 22, 1998): Entered into DOVES.
2. Mike Dilger(original): Entered into original database.