3.1.0 daemon infinite loop when no matched user in secrets

Bug #1307230 reported by Ryan Finnie on 2014-04-13
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Fix Released
rsync (Ubuntu)

Bug Description


 * In rsync 3.1.0, with a module configured for user authentication, a remote client can send an invalid username and cause an infinite CPU loop on the server child process.

 * The server master process is unaffected, allowing the remote client to do this multiple times toward system-wide denial of service.

[Test Case]

 * /tmp/rsyncd.conf

  path = /tmp
  auth users = *
  secrets file = /tmp/rsyncd.secrets

 * /tmp/rsyncd.secrets


 * Server:

chmod 0600 /tmp/rsyncd.secrets
rsync --no-detach --daemon --config /tmp/rsyncd.conf

 * Client:

RSYNC_PASSWORD=badpass rsync rsync://baduser@host/test-module/

[Regression Potential]

 * Legitimate authentication could possibly be broken by the fix.

[Other Info]

 * Upstream fix is git commit 0dedfbce2c1b851684ba658861fe9d620636c56a (https://git.samba.org/?p=rsync.git;a=commitdiff;h=0dedfbce2c1b851684ba658861fe9d620636c56a)
 * Patch has been tested by the reporter

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 14.04
Package: rsync 3.1.0-2
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.13.0-24.46-generic 3.13.9
Uname: Linux 3.13.0-24-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.14.1-0ubuntu2
Architecture: amd64
Date: Sun Apr 13 13:59:38 2014
InstallationDate: Installed on 2012-04-17 (726 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu-Server 12.04 LTS "Precise Pangolin" - Beta amd64 (20120415)
 PATH=(custom, no user)
SourcePackage: rsync
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to trusty on 2014-04-13 (0 days ago)
mtime.conffile..etc.default.rsync: 2012-05-26T00:47:05.076019

CVE References

Ryan Finnie (fo0bar) wrote :
affects: rsync (Ubuntu) → rsync
affects: rsync → rsync (Ubuntu)
Ryan Finnie (fo0bar) on 2014-04-13
information type: Public → Private Security
description: updated
Changed in rsync:
importance: Unknown → High
status: Unknown → Fix Released
Marc Deslauriers (mdeslaur) wrote :
information type: Private Security → Public Security
Changed in rsync (Ubuntu Trusty):
status: New → Triaged
importance: Undecided → High
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package rsync - 3.1.0-2ubuntu0.1

rsync (3.1.0-2ubuntu0.1) trusty-security; urgency=medium

  * SECURITY UPDATE: denial of service via invalid username (LP: #1307230)
    - debian/patches/CVE-2014-2855.diff: avoid infinite wait reading
      secrets file in authenticate.c.
    - CVE-2014-2855
 -- Marc Deslauriers <email address hidden> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:56:34 -0400

Changed in rsync (Ubuntu Trusty):
status: Triaged → Fix Released
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