A security issue and a vulnerability have been reported in Puppet, which can be exploited by malicious, local users to gain escalated privileges.
1) A security issue due to the application not properly dropping group permissions when a process is forked may result in exec resources to inherit parent's GID (e.g. root).
2) An error in k5login type when managing a user's login file can be exploited to gain another user's permissions by symlinking the ".k5login" file to the target user's file.
The security issue and the vulnerability are reported in the following versions:
* Puppet versions prior to 2.6.14 and prior to 2.7.11.
* Puppet Enterprise versions prior to 2.0.3.
* Puppet Enterprise versions 1.0, 1.1, and 1.2.x.
Solution: Update to a fixed version or apply hotfixes.
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Subject: Puppet Group Privileges Security Issue and K5login Privilege Escalation Vulnerability
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