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USN-928-1: Sudo vulnerability

15 April 2010

Sudo vulnerability




Valerio Costamagna discovered that sudo did not properly validate the path
for the 'sudoedit' pseudo-command when the PATH contained only a dot ('.').
If secure_path and ignore_dot were disabled, a local attacker could exploit
this to execute arbitrary code as root if sudo was configured to allow the
attacker to use sudoedit. By default, secure_path is used and the sudoedit
pseudo-command is not used in Ubuntu. This is a different but related issue
to CVE-2010-0426.

Update instructions

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package versions:

Ubuntu 9.10
Ubuntu 9.04
Ubuntu 8.10
Ubuntu 8.04
Ubuntu 6.06

In general, a standard system upgrade is sufficient to effect the
necessary changes.