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Local Privilege Escalation Vulnerability Discovered in snap-confine

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  • Vulnerability in Linux program enables local privilege escalation, researchers report | VentureBeat

    A newly disclosed vulnerability in a Linux program can be exploited for local privilege escalation — and ultimately to acquire root privileges, researchers at cybersecurity vendor Qualys said today.

    The vulnerability (CVE-2021-44731)—which affects Canonical’s Snap system for packaging and deploying software—is not remotely exploitable. However, “if an attacker can log in as any unprivileged user, the vulnerability can be quickly exploited to gain root privileges,” the researchers said in a blog post.

Shoddy media pretending Snap is part of "Linux"

Escalation only

Calling Snap "Linux"

Ubuntu vulnerabilities allow escalation to root: time to patch

  • Ubuntu vulnerabilities allow escalation to root: time to patch [Ed: Not as bad as they make it sound]

    Ubuntu has patched multiple vulnerabilities, some of which allow any unprivileged user to gain root privileges on the vulnerable host. Two, in snap-confine (a SUID-root program that is installed by default on Ubuntu) were reported by security firm Qualys, which admitted that finding and exploiting them had been “extremely challenging (especially in a default installation of Ubuntu), because snap-confine uses a very defensive programming style, AppArmor profiles, seccomp filters, mount namespaces, and two Go helper programs.”

Linux FUD by Microsoft booster Sofia Wyciślik-Wilson

  • Ubuntu and other Linux distros at risk from Oh Snap! More Lemmings security exploit [Ed: FUD by Microsoft booster Sofia Wyciślik-Wilson]

    Security researchers from Qualys have issued a warning about a Local Privilege Escalation Vulnerability Discovered in the snap-confine function of Canonical's Snap package manager.

    Known as Oh Snap! More Lemmings and tracked as CVE-2021-44731, the collection of security flaws can be exploited to gain root privileges.

"LinuxInsider" participates in FUD against "Linux" (Snap etc.)

  • New Cloud Cybersafety, Malware Miseries, Snap Snafus Lavish Linux

    Qualys Research Team discovered multiple vulnerabilities in the snap-confine function on Linux operating systems. The most important of which can be exploited to escalate privilege to gain root privileges.

    Successful exploitation of this vulnerability allows any unprivileged user to gain root privileges on the vulnerable host. Qualys security researchers have been able to independently verify the vulnerability, develop an exploit, and obtain full root privileges on default installations of Ubuntu.

    The Qualys Research Team confirmed the vulnerability. Then it engaged in responsible vulnerability disclosure and coordinated with both vendor and open-source distributions in announcing this newly discovered flaw.

    Snap is a software packaging and deployment system used in Linux distributions. Its packages make it easy to install applications with all their dependencies included to run on all major Linux distributions.

    Snap has become reasonably widespread in the Linux world with a number of major vendors distributing packages using it. While any exploit that can give root access is problematic, being a local exploit reduces the risk somewhat, noted Mike Parkin, engineer at Vulcan Cyber.

Oh, Snap! Security Holes Found in Linux Packaging System

  • Oh, Snap! Security Holes Found in Linux Packaging System

    Canonical‘s snap, like Red Hat‘s flatpaks, are container-based Linux software packaging and deployment programs. While snaps are most strongly associated with Ubuntu Linux, it’s used to distribute and install Linux programs over many Linux distributions. And, alas, the Qualys Research Team, has found several hard-to-find but nasty snap Linux security problems including the Oh Snap! More Lemmings Exploit.

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