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Family: Debian Local Security Checks --> Category: infos

[DSA946] DSA-946-2 sudo Vulnerability Scan

Vulnerability Scan Summary
DSA-946-2 sudo

Detailed Explanation for this Vulnerability Test

The former correction to vulnerabilities in the sudo package worked
fine but were too strict for some environments. Therefore we have
reviewed the changes again and allowed some environment variables to
go back into the privileged execution environment. Hence, this
The configuration option "env_reset" is now activated by default.
It will preserve only the environment variables HOME, LOGNAME, PATH,
LC_*, and USER in addition to the separate SUDO_* variables.
For completeness please find below the original advisory text:
It has been discovered that sudo, a privileged program, that provides
limited super user rights to specific users, passes several
environment variables to the program that runs with elevated
rights. In the case of include paths (e.g. for Perl, Python, Ruby
or other scripting languages) this can cause arbitrary code to be
executed as privileged user if the attacker points to a manipulated
version of a system library.
This update alters the former behaviour of sudo and limits the number
of supported environment variables to LC_*, LANG, LANGUAGE and TERM.
Additional variables are only passed through when set as env_check in
/etc/sudoers, which might be required for some scripts to continue to
For the old stable distribution (woody) this problem has been fixed in
version 1.6.6-1.6.
For the stable distribution (sarge) this problem has been fixed in
version 1.6.8p7-1.4.
For the unstable distribution (sid) the same behaviour will be
implemented soon.
We recommend that you upgrade your sudo package. For unstable
"Defaults = env_reset" need to be added to /etc/sudoers manually.

Solution :
Threat Level: High

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