[PlanetCCRMA] interesting security update to bristol just came out

Niels Mayer nielsmayer at gmail.com
Mon Nov 15 09:39:08 PST 2010

I noticed that bristol-0.40.7-7 updated due to the following security
update. What got me curious is what kind of security issue could
running bristol possibly pose?? -- none on it's own, but another rogue
package could exploit this issue ...

Raphael Geissert conducted a review of various packages in Debian and found
that bristol contained a script that could be abused by an attacker to execute
arbitrary code [1].

The vulnerability is due to an insecure change to LD_LIBRARY_PATH, and
environment variable used by ld.so(8) to look for libraries in directories
other than the standard paths.  When there is an empty item in the
colon-separated list of directories in LD_LIBRARY_PATH, ld.so(8) treats it as a
'.' (current working directory).  If the given script is executed from a
directory where a local attacker could write files, there is a chance for

In Fedora, /usr/bin/startBristol re-sets LD_LIBRARY_PATH insecurely:

declare -x

A solution is to patch the script to test if $LD_LIBRARY_PATH is set first
before attempting to modify it:

if [ -z ${LD_LIBRARY_PATH} ]; then
    export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/lib/foo
    export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/lib/foo:${LD_LIBRARY_PATH}

This issue has been assigned the name CVE-2010-3351.

[1] http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=598285


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