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Date: Mon, 6 Jun 2011 16:39:06 -0400
From: Michael Gilbert <>
Cc: "Steven M. Christey" <>
Subject: Re: CVE request -- coreutils -- tty hijacking possible
 in "su" via TIOCSTI ioctl

On Mon, Jun 6, 2011 at 1:22 PM, Josh Bressers wrote:
> ----- Original Message -----
>> Hello Josh, Steve, vendors,
>> based on Debian BTS report:
>> [1]
>> (first CVE-2011-XXYY required for Debian case)
>> looked more into original report:
>> [2]
>> and the first paragraph of [2] suggests:
>> "When starting a program via "su - user -c program" the user session
>> can escape to the parent session by using the TIOCSTI ioctl to push
>> characters into the input buffer. This allows for example a non-root
>> session to push "chmod 666 /etc/shadow" or similarly bad commands into
>> the input buffer such that after the end of the session they are
>> executed."
>> this should get a CVE-2005-YYZZ CVE id.
> This really shouldn't get a CVE id. It's well known, and sadly not easy to
> fix. There are more details in this bug:
> I would classify this as an administration issue, not a flaw in su or sudo.
> If you're running arbitrary things, you're in far more trouble than this.
> I'm happy to let MITRE overrule me.

There is a real exposure here (although somewhat minor), and there are
existing patches that clearly bound/fix the problem, so it should get
an id (in my opinion of course).

Best wishes,

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