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ProFTPD: Local privilege escalation


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200702-02 / proftpd
Release Date February 13, 2007
Latest Revision February 13, 2007: 01
Impact high
Exploitable local
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
net-ftp/proftpd < 1.3.1_rc1 >= 1.3.1_rc1 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #158122


A flaw in ProFTPD may allow a local attacker to obtain root privileges.

2.  Impact Information


ProFTPD is a powerful, configurable, and free FTP daemon.


A flaw exists in the mod_ctrls module of ProFTPD, normally used to allow FTP server administrators to configure the daemon at runtime.


An FTP server administrator permitted to interact with mod_ctrls could potentially compromise the ProFTPD process and execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the FTP Daemon, which is normally the root user.

3.  Resolution Information


Disable mod_ctrls, or ensure only trusted users can access this feature.


All ProFTPD users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=net-ftp/proftpd-1.3.1_rc1"

4.  References


Page updated February 13, 2007

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