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Tomcat: Insecure Installation GLSA 200408-15



[ GLSA 200408-15 ] Tomcat: Insecure Installation

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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory                           GLSA 200408-15
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  Severity: Normal
     Title: Tomcat: Insecure Installation
      Date: August 15, 2004
      Bugs: #59232
        ID: 200408-15

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Synopsis
========

Improper file ownership may allow a member of the tomcat group to
execute scripts as root.

Background
==========

Tomcat is the Apache Jakarta Project's official implementation of Java
Servlets and Java Server Pages.

Affected packages
=================

    -------------------------------------------------------------------
     Package         /   Vulnerable   /                     Unaffected
    -------------------------------------------------------------------
  1  net-www/tomcat      < 5.0.27-r3                      >= 5.0.27-r3
                                                         *>= 4.1.30-r4
                                                          *>= 3.3.2-r2

Description
===========

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

Resolution
==========

All Tomcat users can upgrade to the latest stable version, or simply
apply the workaround:

    # emerge sync
    # emerge -pv ">=net-www/tomcat-5.0.27-r3"
    # emerge ">=net-www/tomcat-5.0.27-r3"

Availability
============

This GLSA and any updates to it are available for viewing at
the Gentoo Security Website:

    http://security.gentoo.org/glsa/glsa-200408-15.xml 

Concerns?
=========

Security is a primary focus of Gentoo Linux and ensuring the
confidentiality and security of our users machines is of utmost
importance to us. Any security concerns should be addressed to
security@gentoo.org or alternatively, you may file a bug at 
http://bugs.gentoo.org. 

License
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Copyright 2004 Gentoo Foundation, Inc; referenced text
belongs to its owner(s).

The contents of this document are licensed under the
Creative Commons - Attribution / Share Alike license.

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/1.0 
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