GLSA-200408-15 : Tomcat: Insecure installation
High Nessus Plugin ID 14571
SynopsisThe remote Gentoo host is missing one or more security-related patches.
DescriptionThe 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.
This could lead to a local privilege escalation or root compromise by authenticated users.
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*
SolutionAll 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'