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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
Security Bulletin: IBM SONAS Administrator password can be read by the root
user from the shell command history (CVE-2014-3045)
21 July 2014
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: IBM SONAS
Operating System: Linux variants
Impact/Access: Access Privileged Data -- Existing Account
CVE Names: CVE-2014-3045
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Security Bulletin: IBM SONAS Administrator password can be read by the
root user from the shell command history (CVE-2014-3045)
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Scale Out Network Attached Storage
A fix is available for IBM SONAS, for the security issue that after changing
password of administrative user, the password can be read by the root user
from the shell command history.
One of the purposes of chuser command is to modify the password of an
administrative user account in IBM SONAS.
When used with the -p argument, the chuser command records the administrator
password in the shell command history. The shell command history can
subsequently be read by the root user.
CVSS Base Score: 2.1
Affected Products and Versions
The product is affected when running a code releases 18.104.22.168 to 22.214.171.124
A fix for these issues is in version 126.96.36.199 of IBM SONAS.
Workarounds and Mitigations
1. Modify HISTIGNORE environment variable for root user, so that chuser
command will not be included in shell bash history. You could add this
environment variable to .bashrc file in home directory of root user.
2. After changing password using chuser command, the admin user may get
root user to clear the shell command history of root user, using history
- -c command.
Mitigation(s) : A fix for these issues is in version 188.8.131.52 of IBM
SONAS. Customers running an affected version of IBM SONAS should upgrade
to 184.108.40.206 or a later version, so that the fix gets applied.
Complete CVSS Guide
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IBM Secure Engineering Web Portal
IBM Product Security Incident Response Blog
Thanks to Google, for identifying and reporting this issue to IBM.
*The CVSS Environment Score is customer environment specific and will
ultimately impact the Overall CVSS Score. Customers can evaluate the impact
of this vulnerability in their environments by accessing the links in the
Reference section of this Security Bulletin.
According to the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST), the
Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) is an "industry open standard
designed to convey vulnerability severity and help to determine urgency
and priority of response." IBM PROVIDES THE CVSS SCORES "AS IS" WITHOUT
WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND
FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. CUSTOMERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ASSESSING
THE IMPACT OF ANY ACTUAL OR POTENTIAL SECURITY VULNERABILITY.
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