Published: 2 April 2020
Time-of-check Time-of-use Race Condition vulnerability on crash report ownership change in Apport allows for a possible privilege escalation opportunity. If fs.protected_symlinks is disabled, this can be exploited between the os.open and os.chown calls when the Apport cron script clears out crash files of size 0. A symlink with the same name as the deleted file can then be created upon which chown will be called, changing the file owner to root. Fixed in versions 2.20.1-0ubuntu2.23, 2.20.9-0ubuntu7.14, 2.20.11-0ubuntu8.8 and 2.20.11-0ubuntu22.
This ability to exploit this is likely mitigated by the Ubuntu default of fs.protected_symlinks=1
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
Available with Ubuntu Pro or Ubuntu Pro (Infra-only)
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