[ntp:security] [Bug 2902] New: configuration directives "pidfile" and "driftfile" should be local-only.

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Tue Aug 25 23:45:27 UTC 2015


             Bug #: 2902
           Summary: configuration directives "pidfile" and "driftfile"
                    should be local-only.
           Product: ntp
           Version: 4.2.8
          Platform: PC
        OS/Version: All
            Status: CONFIRMED
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P3
         Component: ntpd
        AssignedTo: stenn at ntp.org
        ReportedBy: stenn at ntp.org
                CC: bugs at ntp.org, mlichvar at redhat.com
             Group: Security
    Classification: Unclassified

Harlan Stenn <stenn at ntp.org> changed:

           What    |Removed                     |Added
              Flags|                            |blocking4.2.8+,
                   |                            |Q/A-TestRequest+

When deciding the list of configuration directives that should be restricted to
the local machine and which could be changed via remote configuration, we
decided that the "pidfile" and "driftfile" directives could be changed

Remote configuration requires password authentication, but there's a potential
for a bad actor to use these directives to overwrite system files if ntpd has
permission to write those files.

So in the interests of safety, we're moving these two directives from "allow
from anywhere" to "only allow locally".

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