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[DSA065] DSA-065-1 samba

Vulnerability Assessment Summary
DSA-065-1 samba

Detailed Explanation for this Vulnerability Assessment

Michal Zalewski discovered that Samba does not properly validate
NetBIOS names from remote machines.

By itself that is not a problem, except if Samba is configured to
write log-files to a file that includes the NetBIOS name of the
remote side by using the `%m' macro in the `log file' command. In
that case a possible hacker could use a NetBIOS name like '../tmp/evil'.
If the log-file was set to "/var/log/samba/%s" Samba would then
write to /var/tmp/evil.

Since the NetBIOS name is limited to 15 characters and the `log
file' command could have an extension to the filename the results
of this are limited. However if the attacker is also able to create
symbolic links on the Samba server they could trick Samba into
appending any data they want to all files on the filesystem which
Samba can write to.

The Debian GNU/Linux packaged version of Samba has a safe
configuration and is not vulnerable.

As temporary workaround for systems that are vulnerable change all
occurrences of the `%m' macro in smb.conf to `%l' and restart Samba.

This has been fixed in version 2.0.7-3.4, and we recommend that you
upgrade your Samba package immediately.

Solution :
Network Security Threat Level: High

Networks Security ID: 2927

Vulnerability Assessment Copyright: This script is (C) 2005 Michel Arboi

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