Buffer Overflow in Sudo

Buffer Overflow in Sudo

Root privileges for local user

Recently, there was announcememnt of CVE-2021-3156 - a linux sudo security issue, which allows local user to gain root privileges. https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=2021-3156

This is very unpleasant and security fix was published recently.

Checking version of sudo

sudo dpkg -l | grep sudo

according to debian security tracker: https://security-tracker.debian.org/tracker/CVE-2021-3156 for Debian 10 buster, this was fixed in sudo version 1.8.27-1+deb10u3 so, make sure that the version of sudo you use is higher than that version.

Automatic upgrades

If you're running Debian based system, it's very important for you to keep your systems updated on regular basis. I order to do that and apply this to all your system, you should create a cron auto update job:

sudo cat <<EOF >> /etc/cron.daily/update
apt-get update
apt-get upgrade -y
apt-get autoclean

sudo chmod 755 /etc/cron.daily/update

sudo service cron restart