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star: Suid root vulnerability


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200409-11 / star
Release Date September 07, 2004
Latest Revision May 30, 2006: 03
Impact high
Exploitable local
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
app-arch/star < 1.5_alpha46 >= 1.5_alpha46 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #61797


star contains a suid root vulnerability which could potentially grant unauthorized root access to an attacker.

2.  Impact Information


star is an enhanced tape archiver, much like tar, that is recognized for it's speed as well as it's enhanced mt/rmt support.


A suid root vulnerability exists in versions of star that are configured to use ssh for remote tape access.


Attackers with local user level access could potentially gain root level access.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All star users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge sync

# emerge -pv ">=app-arch/star-1.5_alpha46"
# emerge ">=app-arch/star-1.5_alpha46"

4.  References


Page updated September 07, 2004

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