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[GLSA-200408-15] Tomcat: Insecure installation

Vulnerability Assessment Summary
Tomcat: Insecure installation

Detailed Explanation for this Vulnerability Assessment
The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200408-15
(Tomcat: Insecure installation)


The Gentoo ebuild for Tomcat sets the ownership of the Tomcat init scripts
as tomcat:tomcat, but those scripts are executed with root rights when
the system is started. This may permit a member of the tomcat group to run
arbitrary code with root rights when the Tomcat init scripts are run.

Impact

This could lead to a local privilege escalation or root compromise by
authenticated users.

Workaround

Users may change the ownership of /etc/init.d/tomcat* and
/etc/conf.d/tomcat* to be root:root:
# chown -R root:root /etc/init.d/tomcat*
# chown -R root:root /etc/conf.d/tomcat*


Solution:
All Tomcat users can upgrade to the latest stable version, or simply apply
the workaround:
# emerge sync
# emerge -pv ">=www-servers/tomcat-5.0.27-r3"
# emerge ">=www-servers/tomcat-5.0.27-r3"


Network Security Threat Level: Medium


Networks Security ID:

Vulnerability Assessment Copyright: (C) 2005 Michel Arboi

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