GLSA-200408-15 : Tomcat: Insecure installation

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Synopsis :

The remote Gentoo host is missing one or more security-related

Description :

The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200408-15
(Tomcat: Insecure installation)

The Gentoo ebuild for Tomcat sets the ownership of the Tomcat init
scripts as tomcat:tomcat, but those scripts are executed with root
privileges when the system is started. This may allow a member of the
tomcat group to run arbitrary code with root privileges when the Tomcat
init scripts are run.

Impact :

This could lead to a local privilege escalation or root compromise by
authenticated users.

Workaround :

Users may change the ownership of /etc/init.d/tomcat* and
/etc/conf.d/tomcat* to be root:root:
# chown -R root:root /etc/init.d/tomcat*
# chown -R root:root /etc/conf.d/tomcat*

See also :

Solution :

All Tomcat users can upgrade to the latest stable version, or simply
apply the workaround:
# emerge sync
# emerge -pv '>=www-servers/tomcat-5.0.27-r3'
# emerge '>=www-servers/tomcat-5.0.27-r3'

Risk factor :

High / CVSS Base Score : 7.2

Family: Gentoo Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 14571 (gentoo_GLSA-200408-15.nasl)

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2004-1452

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