Bug#486376: Bug#495756: ecl has rpath to insecure location (/tmp/buildd/ecl-0.9j-20080306/build/)

Bill Allombert Bill.Allombert at math.u-bordeaux1.fr
Tue Aug 26 12:09:12 UTC 2008

On Mon, Aug 25, 2008 at 11:54:26PM +0200, Luca Capello wrote:
> Hi Bill!
> For the ECL list: this is a 'serious' bug in the Debian BTS [1].  For
> the reason why rpath is considered harmful by Debian see [2] and [3].
> Please don't Cc: me, I read the list.  However, please keep the Debian
> bug cc:ed (no need to subscribe), I set the M-F-T and R-T to both the
> bug and the mailing list to facilitate the above :-)
> On Wed, 20 Aug 2008 10:55:51 +0200, Bill Allombert wrote:
> > Hello Debian Common Lisp Team,
> > ecl includes a ELF file /usr/lib/ecl/asdf.fas with a rpath pointing to
> > /tmp/buildd/ecl-0.9j-20080306/build/.
> If I'm not wrong, this is a design decision, which seems to be
> officially documented at [4].  However, it's strange that the rpath is
> pointing to /tmp/... and not /usr/lib/ecl/.

This is why I reported the bug: A rpath of /usr/lib/ecl/ is not a
problem if it is intended. However a rpath of
/tmp/buildd/ecl-0.9j-20080306/build/ is a security hole since /tmp is
world-writable: an attacker can
just 'mkdir -p /tmp/buildd/ecl-0.9j-20080306/build/' and then add
trojaned shared library there, and wait for someone to load
/usr/lib/ecl/asdf.fas and compromise their account.

> > This allows an attacker with write access to that directory to
> > add modified libraries which will be loaded when someone
> > else run ecl.
> I've added the ECL list to cc:.  While I can easily remove the rpath as
> explained at [3], I'll wait for upstream's voice :-)

Instead of removing it, if /usr/lib/ecl/ was the intended rpath, you can
just replace the rpath with /usr/lib/ecl/.

Bill. <ballombe at debian.org>

Imagine a large red swirl here. 

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