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Fcron: Multiple vulnerabilities


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200411-27 / fcron
Release Date November 18, 2004
Latest Revision November 18, 2004: 01
Impact normal
Exploitable local
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
sys-process/fcron <= 2.9.5 revision >= 2.0.2, >= All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #71311


Multiple vulnerabilities in Fcron can allow a local user to potentially cause a Denial of Service.

2.  Impact Information


Fcron is a command scheduler with extended capabilities over cron and anacron.


Due to design errors in the fcronsighup program, Fcron may allow a local user to bypass access restrictions (CAN-2004-1031), view the contents of root owned files (CAN-2004-1030), remove arbitrary files or create empty files (CAN-2004-1032), and send a SIGHUP to any process. A vulnerability also exists in fcrontab which may allow local users to view the contents of fcron.allow and fcron.deny (CAN-2004-1033).


A local attacker could exploit these vulnerabilities to perform a Denial of Service on the system running Fcron.

3.  Resolution Information


Make sure the fcronsighup and fcrontab binaries are only executable by trusted users.


All Fcron users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=sys-process/fcron-2.0.2"

4.  References


Page updated November 18, 2004

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