[Buildroot] [PATCH] screen: bump to version 4.2.1

Thomas Petazzoni thomas.petazzoni at free-electrons.com
Mon Sep 15 12:01:24 UTC 2014

Dear Maarten ter Huurne,

On Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:54:05 +0200, Maarten ter Huurne wrote:

> The Buildroot package of GNU Screen installs the binary as setuid root; both 
> the old (4.0.3) and the new (4.2.1) version do. After having spent some time 
> reading the Screen source code, I wouldn't trust it with root privileges on 
> any system where security is relevant.
> I haven't seen (or looked for) any actual code that could be exploited, just 
> a code base that is really old, under-maintained and quite complex from all 
> the workarounds it contains. So it resembles the OpenSSL situation, although 
> it is not quite that bad.
> It seems multiuser mode is the feature that requires Screen to be setuid 
> root. Which means that without setuid root, Screen works fine but users can 
> only connect to their own sessions.
> I would like some guidance on how to proceed here:
> - leave the setuid flag on
> - always clear the setuid flag post-install
> - make it a configuration option
> - ...?

I would go for clearing the setuid flag. Interested users can always
re-enable it in a post-build script if they really need it.

Thanks for looking into this!

Thomas Petazzoni, CTO, Free Electrons
Embedded Linux, Kernel and Android engineering

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