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Friday, July 14, 2006
  Rocks Clusters <=4.1 local root
Before May 31st I had discovered several holes in Rocks Clusters, a Linux cluster-friendly distribution. The vulnerabilities are quite trivial, and the bad part is that the suid binaries in question have been circulated with the distribution for a long time without discovery--thus a wide user base is affected. The advisory is below:

tigerteam.se security advisory - TSEAD-200606-6

Advisory: Rocks Clusters <=4.1 local root vulnerabilities
Date: Wed Jul 5 15:52:59 EDT 2006
Application: mount-loop, umount-loop
Vulnerability: Lack of filtering on arguments allow for privilege escalation
Reference: TSEAD-200606-6
Author: Xavier de Leon - xavier@tigerteam.se


"Rocks is a complete "cluster on a CD" solution for x86 and IA64 Red Hat
Linux COTS clusters. Building a Rocks cluster does not require any
experience in clustering, yet a cluster architect will find a flexible
and programmatic way to redesign the entire software stack just below the
surface (appropriately hidden from the majority of users). Although Rocks
includes the tools expected from any clustering software stack (PBS,
Maui, GM support, Ganglia, etc), it is unique in its simplicity of

Rocks Clusters <=4.1 is vulnerable to local root privilege escalation
due to improper validating of arguments in two of its suid and world
executable binaries, "mount-loop" and "umount-loop". Rocks Clusters has
an unofficial cluster count[6] of 883 with 41,535 CPUs and 198456.66


May 31, 2006: Initial contact
Jun 1, 2006: Response, Disclosure, Verification of bug,
redirected to another project Contact. Fixed
in CVS[1]
Jun 9, 2006: Attempted contact after 8 days of silence
Jun 28, 2006: Project releases Rocks v4.2 Beta with fix
Jun 30, 2006: Attempted contact after 29 days of silence
Jul 5, 2006: No contact


1) mount-loop:
mount-loop is a binary that is distributed with suid root and is world

The problem is the program does not properly filter args
to be used in a system() execution. An attacker could gain root from
command line. A link[2] to its source can be found below.

PoC[4] provided below.

2) umount-loop:
umount-loop is a binary that is distributed with suid root and is world

The problem is the program does not properly filter args
to be used in a system() execution. An attacker could gain root from
command line. A link[3] to its source can be found below.

PoC[5] provided below.


Xavier de Leon
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[1]: /rocks/src/roll/base/nodes/rocks-dist.xml?rev=1.10&content-type=text/vnd.viewcvs-markup
[2]: /rocks/src/roll/base/src/dist/mount-loop.c?rev=1.4&content-type=text/vnd.viewcvs-markup
[3]: /rocks/src/roll/base/src/dist/umount-loop.c?rev=1.4&content-type=text/vnd.viewcvs-markup
[4]: http://xavier.tigerteam.se/exploits/rocksmountdirty.sh
[5]: http://xavier.tigerteam.se/exploits/rocksumountdirty.py
[6]: http://www.rocksclusters.org/rocks-register/
[7]: http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=rockscluster
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