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RHSA-2013:1353 -- sudo security and bug fix update (Low)

oval:org.mitre.oval:def:27220

The sudo (superuser do) utility allows system administrators to give certain users the ability to run commands as root. A flaw was found in the way sudo handled time stamp files. An attacker able to run code as a local user and with the ability to control the system clock could possibly gain additional privileges by running commands that the victim user was allowed to run via sudo without knowing the victim's password. (CVE-2013-1775) It was found that sudo did not properly validate the controlling terminal device when the tty_tickets option was enabled in the /etc/sudoers file. An attacker able to run code as a local user could possibly gain additional privileges by running commands that the victim user was allowed to run via sudo without knowing the victim's password. (CVE-2013-1776 CVE-2013-2776) This update also fixes the following bugs: * Due to a bug in the cycle detection algorithm of the visudo utility visudo incorrectly evaluated certain alias definitions in the /etc/sudoers file as cycles. Consequently a warning message about undefined aliases appeared. This bug has been fixed /etc/sudoers is now parsed correctly by visudo and the warning message no longer appears. (BZ#849679) * Previously the 'sudo -l' command did not parse the /etc/sudoers file correctly if it contained an Active Directory (AD) group. The file was parsed only up to the first AD group information and then the parsing failed with the following message: sudo: unable to cache group ADDOM\admingroup already exists With this update the underlying code has been modified and 'sudo -l' now parses /etc/sudoers containing AD groups correctly. (BZ#855836) * Previously the sudo utility did not escape the backslash characters contained in user names properly. Consequently if a system used sudo integrated with LDAP or Active Directory (AD) as the primary authentication mechanism users were not able to authenticate on that system. With this update sudo has been modified to process LDAP and AD names correctly and the authentication process now works as expected. (BZ#869287) * Prior to this update the 'visudo -s (strict)' command incorrectly parsed certain alias definitions. Consequently an error message was issued. The bug has been fixed and parsing errors no longer occur when using 'visudo -s'. (BZ#905624) All sudo users are advised to upgrade to this updated package which contains backported patches to correct these issues.

Family:
unix
Status:
ACCEPTED
Platform(s):
  • CentOS Linux 5
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
Class:
patch
Reference(s):
  • RHSA-2013:1353
  • CESA-2013:1353
  • CVE-2013-1775
  • CVE-2013-1776
  • CVE-2013-2776
Product(s):
  • sudo