X2Go Bug report logs - #335
Users can inject arbitrary data into Pyhoca-GUI via .bashrc

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Package: python-x2go; Maintainer for python-x2go is X2Go Developers <x2go-dev@lists.x2go.org>; Source for python-x2go is src:python-x2go.

Reported by: "Dan Halbert" <halbert@halwitz.org>

Date: Mon, 21 Oct 2013 12:48:02 UTC

Severity: grave

Tags: confirmed, pending

Fixed in version

Done: Mike Gabriel <mike.gabriel@das-netzwerkteam.de>

Bug is archived. No further changes may be made.

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From: Mike Gabriel <mike.gabriel@das-netzwerkteam.de>
To: Dan Halbert <halbert@halwitz.org>
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Subject: Re: Bug#333: X2Go issue (in src:x2goclient) has been marked as
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Hi Dan,

On  Di 29 Okt 2013 13:59:30 CET, Dan Halbert wrote:

> Hi Mike, this fix to authenticate the commands is good. I didn't  
> realize I was uncovering a security problem.
> One question: the underlying crash was due to bad data. If  
> authenticated but still bad data is sent, will the client still  
> crash? I am thinking about a malicious server crafting something to  
> crash the client or have it do something bad. I looked at the code  
> diff and I didn't see some underlying verification of the x2go  
> commands.
> E.g.:
> X2GODATABEGIN:<good-uuidhash>
> bad data here
> X2GODATAEND:<good-uuidhash>

I would indeed call this work in progress. See #334 for the ,,bad data  
here'' location you address above.

We surely need a means to ensure that the data sent over the wire is  
sane. An idea could be to encrypt/decrypt the data asymmetrically.  
Maybe something else...


I don't think that evaluating the data in itself (via regexp e.g.)  
will lead to good results. We should invent a method that is common to  
all sorts of text data and makes sure that the data is for the client  
that requested it.

On the other hand... If you cannot trust your admin, who can you trust???

Any contribution of ideas is welcome.


mike gabriel, herweg 7, 24357 fleckeby
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