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Bacula: Information disclosure


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200807-10 / bacula
Release Date July 21, 2008
Latest Revision July 21, 2008: 01
Impact normal
Exploitable local
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
app-backup/bacula < 2.4.1 >= 2.4.1 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #196834


A vulnerability in Bacula may allow local attackers to obtain sensitive information.

2.  Impact Information


Bacula is a network based backup suite.


Matthijs Kooijman reported that the "make_catalog_backup" script uses the MySQL password as a command line argument when invoking other programs.


A local attacker could list the processes on the local machine when the script is running to obtain the MySQL password. Note: The password could also be disclosed via network sniffing attacks when the script fails, in which case it would be sent via cleartext e-mail.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


A warning about this issue has been added in version 2.4.1, but the issue is still unfixed. We advise not to use the make_catalog_backup script, but to put all MySQL parameters into a dedicated file readable only by the user running Bacula.

4.  References


Page updated July 21, 2008

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