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Date: Sat, 08 Jun 2013 08:16:10 -0400
From: larry Cashdollar <>
To: "" <>
Cc: "" <>
Subject: Re: CVE request: Debian's package "mysql-server" leaks
 credential information

On Jun 8, 2013, at 7:56 AM, wrote:

> On 08-Jun-2013 07:43:21 -0400, larry Cashdollar wrote:
>>>> According to the bug report details that's a race condition.
>>>> A malicious user is using a vulnerability in the way the
>>>> installation script handles changing file permissions to disclose
>>>> sensitive information.
>>> Yes. And, once again, that's a misconfiguration - the file should
>>> be created as 0600 root:root during installation and only after
>>> that chmod() and chown() may be applied.
>> I'd agree if this were a configuration file we were talking about,
>> but it's an installation script.
> So what? The installation script may contain the `umask 077` line,
> can't it?

Yes, then their would be no bug to exploit.  My assertion is that we are changing an installation script, not a configuration file. I guess you could argue that the post install script is doing the configuration however.  I guess it will depend on if issues similar to this one have been assigned CVEs in the past.


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