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<!DOCTYPE glsa SYSTEM "http://www.gentoo.org/dtd/glsa.dtd">
<glsa id="200408-15">
<title>Tomcat: Insecure installation</title>
<synopsis>
Improper file ownership may allow a member of the tomcat group to execute
scripts as root.
</synopsis>
<product type="ebuild">tomcat</product>
<announced>August 15, 2004</announced>
<revised>May 22, 2006: 04</revised>
<bug>59232</bug>
<access>local</access>
<affected>
<package name="www-servers/tomcat" auto="yes" arch="*">
<unaffected range="ge">5.0.27-r3</unaffected>
<unaffected range="rge">4.1.30-r4</unaffected>
<unaffected range="rge">3.3.2-r2</unaffected>
<vulnerable range="lt">5.0.27-r3</vulnerable>
</package>
</affected>
<background>
<p>
Tomcat is the Apache Jakarta Project's official implementation of Java
Servlets and Java Server Pages.
</p>
</background>
<description>
<p>
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.
</p>
</description>
<impact type="normal">
<p>
This could lead to a local privilege escalation or root compromise by
authenticated users.
</p>
</impact>
<workaround>
<p>
Users may change the ownership of /etc/init.d/tomcat* and
/etc/conf.d/tomcat* to be root:root:
</p>
<code>
# chown -R root:root /etc/init.d/tomcat*
# chown -R root:root /etc/conf.d/tomcat*</code>
</workaround>
<resolution>
<p>
All Tomcat users can upgrade to the latest stable version, or simply
apply the workaround:
</p>
<code>
# emerge sync
# emerge -pv &quot;&gt;=www-servers/tomcat-5.0.27-r3&quot;
# emerge &quot;&gt;=www-servers/tomcat-5.0.27-r3&quot;</code>
</resolution>
<references>
<uri link="http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2004-1452">CVE-2004-1452</uri>
</references>
<metadata tag="submitter" timestamp="Sun, 8 Aug 2004 20:54:24 +0000">
dmargoli
</metadata>
</glsa>