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Bug 820416 - CVE-2012-3478 rssh: possible circumvention of rssh restrictions [epel-all]
Summary: CVE-2012-3478 rssh: possible circumvention of rssh restrictions [epel-all]
Alias: None
Product: Fedora EPEL
Classification: Fedora
Component: rssh
Version: el6
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Xavier Bachelot
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2012-05-09 20:48 UTC by Vincent Danen
Modified: 2014-10-27 11:17 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

Fixed In Version: rssh-2.3.4-1.el5
Doc Type: Release Note
Doc Text:
Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2014-10-17 17:32:47 UTC
Type: ---

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Description Vincent Danen 2012-05-09 20:48:55 UTC
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that one or more security vulnerabilities are fixed in affected Fedora

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Comment 1 Vincent Danen 2012-05-09 20:51:13 UTC
There is no upstream fix, and the upstream author has no intention of fixing the problem, or in continuing to maintain the software, as noted in the vulnerability report.

I think that, unless we want to invest in finding an appropriate fix and maintaining this ourselves, we should remove rssh from Fedora and EPEL, due to upstream's disinterest in maintaining it.

Comment 2 eduda 2012-06-11 18:38:47 UTC
Appears a patch was created based on mailing list?

On Tue, May 15, 2012 at 10:46:04AM -0500, Derek Martin wrote:
> On Tue, May 08, 2012 at 12:24:52PM -0500, Derek Martin wrote:
> > Henrik Erkkonen has discovered that, through clever manipulation of 
> > environment variables on the ssh command line, it is possible to 
> > circumvent rssh.  As far as I can tell, there is no way to effect a 
> > root compromise, except of course if the root account is the one 
> > you're attempting to protect with rssh...
> > 
> > This project is old, and I have no interest in continuing to 
> > maintain it.
> Actually, I have a patch for this.  I'll be publishing it later this 
> week, when I can find some time to do it.

I haven't had the time to work up a proper release for this issue, but I do have a patch, which is attatched.  Hopefully I'll get some time to do a release this weekend.

Derek D. Martin
GPG Key ID: 0x81CFE75D

Comment 3 Tomas Hoger 2013-01-07 12:24:43 UTC
Any progress with updating EPEL packages?

Comment 4 Fedora Update System 2014-09-30 18:19:49 UTC
rssh-2.3.4-1.el6 has been submitted as an update for Fedora EPEL 6.

Comment 5 Fedora Update System 2014-09-30 18:20:01 UTC
rssh-2.3.4-1.el5 has been submitted as an update for Fedora EPEL 5.

Comment 6 Fedora Update System 2014-10-01 17:18:04 UTC
Package rssh-2.3.4-1.el6:
* should fix your issue,
* was pushed to the Fedora EPEL 6 testing repository,
* should be available at your local mirror within two days.
Update it with:
# su -c 'yum update --enablerepo=epel-testing rssh-2.3.4-1.el6'
as soon as you are able to.
Please go to the following url:
then log in and leave karma (feedback).

Comment 7 Fedora Update System 2014-10-17 17:32:47 UTC
rssh-2.3.4-1.el6 has been pushed to the Fedora EPEL 6 stable repository.  If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.

Comment 8 Fedora Update System 2014-10-17 17:37:08 UTC
rssh-2.3.4-1.el5 has been pushed to the Fedora EPEL 5 stable repository.  If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.

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