[USN-1140-2] PAM regression

Marc Deslauriers marc.deslauriers at canonical.com
Tue May 31 17:39:10 UTC 2011

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-1140-2
May 31, 2011

pam regression

A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:

- Ubuntu 11.04
- Ubuntu 10.10
- Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
- Ubuntu 8.04 LTS


The USN-1140-1 PAM update caused cron to stop working.

Software Description:
- pam: Pluggable Authentication Modules


USN-1140-1 fixed vulnerabilities in PAM. A regression was found that caused 
cron to stop working with a "Module is unknown" error. As a result, systems 
configured with automatic updates will not receive updates until cron is
restarted, these updates are installed or the system is rebooted. This
update fixes the problem.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Original advisory details:

 Marcus Granado discovered that PAM incorrectly handled configuration files
 with non-ASCII usernames. A remote attacker could use this flaw to cause a
 denial of service, or possibly obtain login access with a different users
 username. This issue only affected Ubuntu 8.04 LTS. (CVE-2009-0887)
 It was discovered that the PAM pam_xauth, pam_env and pam_mail modules
 incorrectly handled dropping privileges when performing operations. A local
 attacker could use this flaw to read certain arbitrary files, and access
 other sensitive information. (CVE-2010-3316, CVE-2010-3430, CVE-2010-3431,
 It was discovered that the PAM pam_namespace module incorrectly cleaned the
 environment during execution of the namespace.init script. A local attacker
 could use this flaw to possibly gain privileges. (CVE-2010-3853)
 It was discovered that the PAM pam_xauth module incorrectly handled certain
 failures. A local attacker could use this flaw to delete certain unintended
 files. (CVE-2010-4706)
 It was discovered that the PAM pam_xauth module incorrectly verified
 certain file properties. A local attacker could use this flaw to cause a
 denial of service. (CVE-2010-4707)

Update instructions:

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following
package versions:

Ubuntu 11.04:
  libpam-modules                  1.1.2-2ubuntu8.3
  libpam0g                        1.1.2-2ubuntu8.3

Ubuntu 10.10:
  libpam-modules                  1.1.1-4ubuntu2.3
  libpam0g                        1.1.1-4ubuntu2.3

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS:
  libpam-modules                  1.1.1-2ubuntu5.3
  libpam0g                        1.1.1-2ubuntu5.3

Ubuntu 8.04 LTS:

In general, a standard system update will make all the necessary changes.


Package Information:

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