shadow: Unauthorized modification of account information

2004-11-04T00:00:00
ID GLSA-200411-09
Type gentoo
Reporter Gentoo Foundation
Modified 2004-11-05T00:00:00

Description

Background

shadow provides a set of utilities to deal with user accounts.

Description

Martin Schulze reported a flaw in the passwd_check() function in "libmisc/pwdcheck.c" which is used by chfn and chsh.

Impact

A logged-in local user with an expired password may be able to use chfn and chsh to change his standard shell or GECOS information (full name, phone number...) without being required to change his password.

Workaround

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution

All shadow users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=sys-apps/shadow-4.0.5-r1"