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SuSE: AppArmor (SUSE-SA:2007:015) Print E-mail
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SuSE Updated package.

                        SUSE Security Announcement

        Package:                AppArmor
        Announcement ID:        SUSE-SA:2007:015
        Date:                   Thu, 15 Feb 2007 10:00:00 +0000
        Affected Products:      SUSE LINUX 10.0
                                SUSE SLES 9
                                Novell Linux Desktop 9
                                Open Enterprise Server
                                Novell Linux POS 9
        Vulnerability Type:     AppArmor language additions
        Severity (1-10):        2
        SUSE Default Package:   yes

    Content of This Advisory:
        1) Security Vulnerability Resolved:
             AppArmor language additions to avoid security related pitfalls
           Problem Description
        2) Solution or Work-Around
        3) Special Instructions and Notes
        4) Package Location and Checksums
        5) Pending Vulnerabilities, Solutions, and Work-Arounds:
            See SUSE Security Summary Report.
        6) Authenticity Verification and Additional Information


1) Problem Description and Brief Discussion

   Two new language features have been added to improve the
   confinement provided to applications executing other applications will
   confined by AppArmor.

   - Two new execute modifiers: 'P' and 'U' are provided and are flavors
     of the existing 'p' and 'u' modifiers but indicate that the
     environment should be stripped across the execute transition.

     Using "Ux" and "Px" avoids injecting code using LD_PRELOAD and
     similar variables into the started executables by a infected
     profiled program.

     The environment variable filtering is the same as used for setuid

   - A new permission 'm' is required when an application executes
     mmap(2) with protection PROT_EXEC.

     This avoids infected binaries escalating the "r" privilege to a
     file into a "rx" privilege.

   Note that both issues are not directly security fixes, they instead
   avoid common problems during profile creation.

   These changes also require a new kernel, which we released in December
   2006, tracked by our advisory SUSE-SA:2006:079.

   Only SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 (and related products) and SUSE
   Linux 10.0 are affected by this change. SUSE Linux 10.1, SUSE Linux
   Enterprise 10 and newer products already contain the new profile
   syntax and behavior.

2) Solution or Work-Around

   There is no known workaround, please install the update packages.

3) Special Instructions and Notes

   Please verify your profiles still work after installation.
   Pay close attention to custom developed profiles and locally modified
   Novell supplied profiles - which may require additional privileges
   when used on a system supporting these new language features.

   Please check your existing profiles if "ux" and "px" can be replaced
   by the safer "Ux" and "Px" inheritance modifiers.

   In general, try to avoid the unconfined modifiers ("ux" and "Ux")
   if possible when writing profiles.

4) Package Location and Checksums

   The preferred method for installing security updates is to use the YaST
   Online Update (YOU) tool. YOU detects which updates are required and
   automatically performs the necessary steps to verify and install them.
   Alternatively, download the update packages for your distribution manually
   and verify their integrity by the methods listed in Section 6 of this
   announcement. Then install the packages using the command

     rpm -Fhv 

   to apply the update, replacing  with the filename of the
   downloaded RPM package.

   x86 Platform:

   SUSE LINUX 10.0:

   Platform Independent:

   SUSE LINUX 10.0:

   x86-64 Platform:

   SUSE LINUX 10.0:


   SUSE LINUX 10.0:

   Our maintenance customers are notified individually. The packages are
   offered for installation from the maintenance web:

   Open Enterprise Server
   Novell Linux POS 9
   Novell Linux Desktop 9


5) Pending Vulnerabilities, Solutions, and Work-Arounds:

   See SUSE Security Summary Report.

6) Authenticity Verification and Additional Information

  - Announcement authenticity verification:

    SUSE security announcements are published via mailing lists and on Web
    sites. The authenticity and integrity of a SUSE security announcement is
    guaranteed by a cryptographic signature in each announcement. All SUSE
    security announcements are published with a valid signature.

    To verify the signature of the announcement, save it as text into a file
    and run the command

      gpg --verify 

    replacing  with the name of the file where you saved the
    announcement. The output for a valid signature looks like:

      gpg: Signature made  using RSA key ID 3D25D3D9
      gpg: Good signature from "SuSE Security Team "

    where  is replaced by the date the document was signed.

    If the security team's key is not contained in your key ring, you can
    import it from the first installation CD. To import the key, use the

      gpg --import gpg-pubkey-3d25d3d9-36e12d04.asc

  - Package authenticity verification:

    SUSE update packages are available on many mirror FTP servers all over the
    world. While this service is considered valuable and important to the free
    and open source software community, the authenticity and the integrity of
    a package needs to be verified to ensure that it has not been tampered

    There are two verification methods that can be used independently from
    each other to prove the authenticity of a downloaded file or RPM package:

    1) Using the internal gpg signatures of the rpm package
    2) MD5 checksums as provided in this announcement

    1) The internal rpm package signatures provide an easy way to verify the
       authenticity of an RPM package. Use the command

        rpm -v --checksig 

       to verify the signature of the package, replacing  with the
       filename of the RPM package downloaded. The package is unmodified if it
       contains a valid signature from with the key ID 9C800ACA.

       This key is automatically imported into the RPM database (on
       RPMv4-based distributions) and the gpg key ring of 'root' during
       installation. You can also find it on the first installation CD and at
       the end of this announcement.

    2) If you need an alternative means of verification, use the md5sum
       command to verify the authenticity of the packages. Execute the command


       after you downloaded the file from a SUSE FTP server or its mirrors.
       Then compare the resulting md5sum with the one that is listed in the
       SUSE security announcement. Because the announcement containing the
       checksums is cryptographically signed (by, the
       checksums show proof of the authenticity of the package if the
       signature of the announcement is valid. Note that the md5 sums
       published in the SUSE Security Announcements are valid for the
       respective packages only. Newer versions of these packages cannot be

  - SUSE runs two security mailing lists to which any interested party may
        -   General Linux and SUSE security discussion.
            All SUSE security announcements are sent to this list.
            To subscribe, send an e-mail to
        -   SUSE's announce-only mailing list.
            Only SUSE's security announcements are sent to this list.
            To subscribe, send an e-mail to

    SUSE's security contact is  or .
    The  public key is listed below.

    The information in this advisory may be distributed or reproduced,
    provided that the advisory is not modified in any way. In particular, the
    clear text signature should show proof of the authenticity of the text.

    SUSE Linux Products GmbH provides no warranties of any kind whatsoever
    with respect to the information contained in this security advisory.
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