[dm-crypt] About CVE-2016-4484: - Cryptsetup Initrd root Shell

Arno Wagner arno at wagner.name
Wed Nov 16 14:48:27 CET 2016

On Wed, Nov 16, 2016 at 08:32:12 CET, Milan Broz wrote:
> On 11/16/2016 02:15 AM, Sven Eschenberg wrote:
> ...
> > 
> > There's a whole bunch of headlines among these lines. I've read that 
> > cryptsetup has a vulnerability exposing a root-shell on an encrypted 
> > system. Not quite so.
> Yes, this is the real "contribution" of reporting a bug with
> (possibly even unrelated) project name in headlines.
> But seems users themselves correct some stupid article comments,
> thanks for it! ;-)
> Sometimes I wish security is less theater and more responsibility...
> (This bug cost me hours of explanation that upstream has nothing to fix
> and that in fact the cryptsetup/LUKS worked as designed.)

Tell me about it. I have these discussions regularly as a 
security consultant, simply because a lack of understanding
on customer side and attribution of errors by keyword-matching

I think I will add a new section to the FAQ dealing with initrd
1) No, the initrd is _not_ part of cryptsetup, it is your
   distro that screwed up if it is broken or insecure.
2) If you depend on the initrd doing something seucrely,
   roll your own and lock that down.
3) (Maybe an example...)


Arno Wagner,     Dr. sc. techn., Dipl. Inform.,    Email: arno at wagner.name
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