Incorrect Permission Assignment for Critical Resource Affecting shadow package, versions *



    Attack Complexity Low
    Confidentiality High
    Integrity High
    Availability High
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7.8 high
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Red Hat
7.8 high

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  • Snyk ID SNYK-DEBIAN10-SHADOW-539852
  • published 26 Dec 2019
  • disclosed 18 Dec 2019

How to fix?

There is no fixed version for Debian:10 shadow.

NVD Description

Note: Versions mentioned in the description apply to the upstream shadow package.

shadow 4.8, in certain circumstances affecting at least Gentoo, Arch Linux, and Void Linux, allows local users to obtain root access because setuid programs are misconfigured. Specifically, this affects shadow 4.8 when compiled using --with-libpam but without explicitly passing --disable-account-tools-setuid, and without a PAM configuration suitable for use with setuid account management tools. This combination leads to account management tools (groupadd, groupdel, groupmod, useradd, userdel, usermod) that can easily be used by unprivileged local users to escalate privileges to root in multiple ways. This issue became much more relevant in approximately December 2019 when an unrelated bug was fixed (i.e., the chmod calls to suidusbins were fixed in the upstream Makefile which is now included in the release version 4.8).