[Pkg-shadow-devel] Bug#657010: Bug#657010: [login] 'su' should be PIE

Nicolas François nicolas.francois at centraliens.net
Mon Jan 23 18:53:32 UTC 2012


On Mon, Jan 23, 2012 at 03:06:46PM +0200, edwintorok at gmail.com wrote:
> See CVE-2012-0056, a non-PIE 'su' binary makes it very easy to exploit.

Would you mind giving a bit more information?

I unfortunately stick to this PIE definition from wikipedia:
      baked dish which is usually made of a pastry dough casing that
      covers or completely contains a filling of various sweet or
      savoury ingredients.
which does not help understanding how to PIE 'su'.

Also, I have no access to CVE-2012-0056, which is under review as of
References I could find indicate an issue in the Linux kernel handling of

As of using hardening compiler / linker options, I have no idea if this is
a common practice / recommended / used in other packages.
Would it make sense to enable such flags if not done in the PAM modules or
by other suid programs?


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