Mandrake Linux Security Advisory : dhcpcd (MDKSA-2003:003)
High Nessus Plugin ID 13988
SynopsisThe remote Mandrake Linux host is missing a security update.
DescriptionA vulnerability was discovered by Simon Kelley in the dhcpcd DHCP client daemon. dhcpcd has the ability to execute an external script named dhcpcd-<interface>.exe when an IP address is assigned to that network interface. The script sources the file /var/lib/dhcpcd/dhcpcd-<interface>.info which contains shell variables and DHCP assignment information. The way quotes are handled inside these assignments is flawed, and a malicious DHCP server can execute arbitrary shell commands on the vulnerable DHCP client system. This can also be exploited by an attacker able to spoof DHCP responses.
Mandrake Linux packages contain a sample /etc/dhcpc/dhcpcd.exe file and encourages all users to upgrade immediately. Please note that when you do upgrade, you will have to restart the network for the changes to take proper effect by issuing 'service network restart' as root.
SolutionUpdate the affected dhcpcd package.