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sudo authentication bypass when clock is reset

Posted March 7, 2013    Rod Simmons

A recent discovery by a German researcher, Marco Schoepl, found that it is possible for a user to bypass sudo authentication by resetting the clock. To read more about this vulnerability see the articles on seclist.org and threatpost.com. What we have found is that many highly secure customers have already adopted the timestamp_timeout=0 setting which will bypass the default 5 minute password reentry interval and requires authentication for each command.

clock-resetYou could consider this vulnerability a configuration issue but it does highlight a general need to use a solution that provides an option for IO logging. Our PowerBroker Unix & Linux solution is a Command Control solution that also provides a method to perform IO Logging so you can replay a user’s entire session, after all, once they have elevated permissions it becomes vital to securely log the actions of that user.

It is always possible to have a configuration issue in any security system due to flexibility and general complexity of building a secure system. The key principle is to only delegate the rights needed and perform IO logging along with multi-factor authentication as an additional safety measure.

If you require a Sudo replacement, or want to implement greater controls where compliance requires it, PowerBroker Servers can help. Learn more about PowerBroker Servers now!

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Looking back on information security in 2014

Posted December 16, 2014    Dave Shackleford

Dave Shackleford is a SANS Instructor and founder of Voodoo Security. Join Dave for a closer look at the year in security, and learn what you can do to prepare for 2015, with this upcoming webinar. 2014 has been one heck of an insane year for information security professionals. To start with, we’ve been forced…

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December 2014 Patch Tuesday

Posted December 9, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

This month marks the final Patch Tuesday of 2014. Most of what is being patched this month includes Internet Explorer, Exchange, Office, etc… and continues a trend of the greatest hits collection of commonly attacked Microsoft software. Probably the one thing that broke the mold this month is that for once there is not some…

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“I’d love to come, but I’m on-call”: Privilege management can relieve holiday help desk headaches

Posted December 3, 2014    Jason Silva

Part of working in IT means you put in your time “on-call.” Companies either don’t realize there is a better way to allow users to maintain administrative access to endpoints, or they remove admin rights from users but don’t account for the resulting operational inefficiencies.

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