Ubuntu 4.10 / 5.04 / 5.10 : sudo vulnerability (USN-235-2)

Ubuntu Security Notice (C) 2006-2013 Canonical, Inc. / NASL script (C) 2006-2013 Tenable Network Security, Inc.

Synopsis :

The remote Ubuntu host is missing a security-related patch.

Description :

USN-235-1 fixed a vulnerability in sudo's handling of environment
variables. Tavis Ormandy noticed that sudo did not filter out the
PYTHONINSPECT environment variable, so that users with the limited
privilege of calling a python script with sudo could still escalate
their privileges.

For reference, this is the original advisory :

Charles Morris discovered a privilege escalation vulnerability in
sudo. On executing Perl scripts with sudo, various environment
variables that affect Perl's library search path were not cleaned
properly. If sudo is set up to grant limited sudo execution of Perl
scripts to normal users, this could be exploited to run arbitrary
commands as the target user.

This security update also filters out environment variables
that can be exploited similarly with Python, Ruby, and zsh

Please note that this does not affect the default Ubuntu
installation, or any setup that just grants full root
privileges to certain users.

Solution :

Update the affected sudo package.

Risk factor :

Medium / CVSS Base Score : 4.6

Family: Ubuntu Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 20780 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2005-4158