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Bug 159502 - CAN-2005-1760 sysreport includes proxy password in cleartext
Summary: CAN-2005-1760 sysreport includes proxy password in cleartext
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3
Classification: Red Hat
Component: sysreport
Version: 3.0
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Ngo Than
QA Contact: Ben Levenson
Whiteboard: impact=moderate,reported=20050601,sou...
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2005-06-03 07:44 UTC by Issue Tracker
Modified: 2007-11-30 22:07 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

Fixed In Version: RHSA-2005-502
Doc Type: Bug Fix
Doc Text:
Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2005-06-13 12:22:17 UTC
Target Upstream Version:

Attachments (Terms of Use)

System ID Priority Status Summary Last Updated
Red Hat Product Errata RHSA-2005:502 normal SHIPPED_LIVE Moderate: sysreport security update 2005-06-13 04:00:00 UTC

Description Issue Tracker 2005-06-03 07:44:25 UTC
Escalated to Bugzilla from IssueTracker

Comment 11 Mark J. Cox 2005-06-06 10:34:18 UTC
This has a security conseqence as it breaks a security promise (sysreport says
that it's goals are not to "the invasion of the user's privacy; and the
collection of information that could be detrimental to the integrity of the system."

I don't see this is a Sev1 however, it's security severity "moderate" at the most.

Comment 15 Ngo Than 2005-06-06 18:13:38 UTC
i have taken a look at up2date file, there are 2 lines in this file.

proxyPassword[comment]=The password to use for an authenticated proxy

with following lines it should fix this problem.

cat up2date | grep -vi 'password' > up2date.newfile
mv up2date.newfile up2date

Comment 16 Neil Horman 2005-06-06 18:18:11 UTC
You should be able to get most of the relevant data out of my patch above I
think (which Florian posted).  In /etc/sysconfig/rhn/up2date there should be a
line that matches the regex:
The second part of that regex ( the \(.*\) should be the string representing the

The patch above adds a fixup function to sysreport to allow you to easily strip
out unwanted data from sensitive files like this

Comment 17 Ngo Than 2005-06-07 08:03:01 UTC
Neil, i have fixed the match string in your patch, so it works fine now.
i have already committed the changes in CVS.

Should i do security errata for this, or just add into next RHEL-update?

Comment 18 Mark J. Cox 2005-06-07 08:18:31 UTC
Since this affects all RHEL I'd prefer a single async errata for this.

Comment 19 Mark J. Cox 2005-06-07 08:21:14 UTC
Since this flaw breaks a security promise it deserves a CVE name, therefore I've
assigned CAN-2005-1760 to this issue.

Comment 28 Josh Bressers 2005-06-13 11:40:16 UTC
When run by the root user, sysreport includes the contents of the
/etc/sysconfig/rhn/up2date configuration file. If up2date has been
configured to connect to a proxy server that requires an authentication
password, that password is included in plain text in the system report.
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project assigned the name
CAN-2005-1760 to this issue.

Comment 29 Josh Bressers 2005-06-13 12:22:17 UTC
An advisory has been issued which should help the problem
described in this bug report. This report is therefore being
closed with a resolution of ERRATA. For more information
on the solution and/or where to find the updated files,
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