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ESB-2012.0226 - [UNIX/Linux][Ubuntu] puppet: Multiple vulnerabilities

Date: 27 February 2012
References: ESB-2012.0228  

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             AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution

                          Puppet vulnerabilities
                             27 February 2012


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:           puppet
Publisher:         Ubuntu
Operating System:  Ubuntu
                   UNIX variants (UNIX, Linux, OSX)
Impact/Access:     Root Compromise           -- Existing Account
                   Overwrite Arbitrary Files -- Existing Account
                   Increased Privileges      -- Existing Account
Resolution:        Patch/Upgrade
CVE Names:         CVE-2012-1054 CVE-2012-1053 

Original Bulletin:

Comment: This advisory references vulnerabilities in products which run on 
         platforms other than Ubuntu. It is recommended that administrators 
         running puppet check for an updated version of the software for 
         their operating system.

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Ubuntu Security Notice USN-1372-1
February 23, 2012

puppet vulnerabilities

A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:

- - Ubuntu 11.10
- - Ubuntu 11.04
- - Ubuntu 10.10
- - Ubuntu 10.04 LTS


Puppet could be made to overwrite files and run programs with administrator

Software Description:
- - puppet: Centralized configuration management


It was discovered that Puppet did not drop privileges when executing
commands as different users. If an attacker had control of the execution
manifests or the executed command, this could be used to execute code with
elevated group permissions (typically root). (CVE-2012-1053)

It was discovered that Puppet unsafely opened files when the k5login type
is used to manage files. A local attacker could exploit this to overwrite
arbitrary files and escalate privileges. (CVE-2012-1054)

Update instructions:

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following
package versions:

Ubuntu 11.10:
  puppet-common                   2.7.1-1ubuntu3.5

Ubuntu 11.04:
  puppet-common                   2.6.4-2ubuntu2.8

Ubuntu 10.10:
  puppet-common                   2.6.1-0ubuntu2.6

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS:
  puppet-common                   0.25.4-2ubuntu6.6

In general, a standard system update will make all the necessary changes.

  CVE-2012-1053, CVE-2012-1054

Package Information:

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