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HistoryMay 20, 2008 - 12:00 a.m.

(RHSA-2008:0389) Low: nss_ldap security and bug fix update






The nss_ldap package contains the nss_ldap and pam_ldap modules. The
nss_ldap module is a plug-in which allows applications to retrieve
information about users and groups from a directory server. The pam_ldap
module allows PAM-aware applications to use a directory server to verify
user passwords.

A race condition was discovered in nss_ldap which affected certain
applications which make LDAP connections, such as Dovecot. This could cause
nss_ldap to answer a request for information about one user with
information about a different user. (CVE-2007-5794)

In addition, these updated packages fix the following bugs:

  • a build error prevented the nss_ldap module from being able to use DNS to
    discover the location of a directory server. For example, when the
    /etc/nsswitch.conf configuration file was configured to use “ldap”, but no
    “host” or “uri” option was configured in the /etc/ldap.conf configuration
    file, no directory server was contacted, and no results were returned.

  • the “port” option in the /etc/ldap.conf configuration file on client
    machines was ignored. For example, if a directory server which you were
    attempting to use was listening on a non-default port (i.e. not ports 389
    or 636), it was only possible to use that directory server by including the
    port number in the “uri” option. In this updated package, the “port” option
    works as expected.

  • pam_ldap failed to change an expired password if it had to follow a
    referral to do so, which could occur, for example, when using a slave
    directory server in a replicated environment. An error such as the
    following occurred after entering a new password: “LDAP password
    information update failed: Can’t contact LDAP server Insufficient ‘write’
    privilege to the ‘userPassword’ attribute”

This has been resolved in this updated package.

  • when the “pam_password exop_send_old” password-change method was
    configured in the /etc/ldap.conf configuration file, a logic error in the
    pam_ldap module caused client machines to attempt to change a user’s
    password twice. First, the pam_ldap module attempted to change the password
    using the “exop” request, and then again using an LDAP modify request.

  • on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.1, rebuilding nss_ldap-253-5.el5 when the
    krb5-*-1.6.1-17.el5 packages were installed failed due to an error such as
    the following:

    • /builddir/build/SOURCES/ ./nss_ldap-253/
      dlopen() of “././nss_ldap-253/” failed:
      ./././nss_ldap-253/ undefined symbol: request_key
      error: Bad exit status from /var/tmp/rpm-tmp.62652 (%build)

The missing libraries have been added, which resolves this issue.

When recursively enumerating the set of members in a given group, the
module would allocate insufficient space for storing the set of member
names if the group itself contained other groups, thus corrupting the heap.
This update includes a backported fix for this bug.

Users of nss_ldap should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain
backported patches to correct this issue and fix these bugs.