Scientific Linux Security Update : ecryptfs-utils on SL5.x, SL6.x i386/x86_64

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Synopsis :

The remote Scientific Linux host is missing one or more security
updates.

Description :

eCryptfs is a stacked, cryptographic file system. It is transparent to
the underlying file system and provides per-file granularity.

The setuid mount.ecryptfs_private utility allows users to mount an
eCryptfs file system. This utility can only be run by users in the
'ecryptfs' group.

A race condition flaw was found in the way mount.ecryptfs_private
checked the permissions of a requested mount point when mounting an
encrypted file system. A local attacker could possibly use this flaw
to escalate their privileges by mounting over an arbitrary directory.
(CVE-2011-1831)

A race condition flaw in umount.ecryptfs_private could allow a local
attacker to unmount an arbitrary file system. (CVE-2011-1832)

It was found that mount.ecryptfs_private did not handle certain errors
correctly when updating the mtab (mounted file systems table) file,
allowing a local attacker to corrupt the mtab file and possibly
unmount an arbitrary file system. (CVE-2011-1834)

An insecure temporary file use flaw was found in the
ecryptfs-setup-private script. A local attacker could use this script
to insert their own key that will subsequently be used by a new user,
possibly giving the attacker access to the user's encrypted data if
existing file permissions allow access. (CVE-2011-1835)

A race condition flaw in mount.ecryptfs_private could allow a local
attacker to overwrite arbitrary files. (CVE-2011-1837)

A race condition flaw in the way temporary files were accessed in
mount.ecryptfs_private could allow a malicious, local user to make
arbitrary modifications to the mtab file. (CVE-2011-3145)

A race condition flaw was found in the way mount.ecryptfs_private
checked the permissions of the directory to mount. A local attacker
could use this flaw to mount (and then access) a directory they would
otherwise not have access to. Note: The fix for this issue is
incomplete until a kernel-space change is made. Future Scientific
Linux 5 and 6 kernel updates will correct this issue. (CVE-2011-1833)

Users of ecryptfs-utils are advised to upgrade to these updated
packages, which contain backported patches to correct these issues.

See also :

http://www.nessus.org/u?bc5c4829

Solution :

Update the affected packages.

Risk factor :

Medium / CVSS Base Score : 4.6
(CVSS2#AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P)

Family: Scientific Linux Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 61124 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2011-1831
CVE-2011-3145