[Rpm-maint] [rpm-software-management/rpm] Make 'rpm -V' more resistent against rpmdb manipulations (#196)

Robert Scheck notifications at github.com
Mon Apr 10 13:30:31 UTC 2017

> Hmmm ... its not clear what exploit is used (from just reading the file at the URL you gave).

I think "DIZZYTACHOMETER" doesn't exploit anything itself, but is just hiding e.g. a rootkit installation by manipulating the rpmdb based on already existing write permissions gained before. I didn't find the binary nor any source for "DIZZYTACHOMETER", but the way of usage makes me assuming "regular" rpmdb manipulations, not a RPM related security flaw.

> The provision in RPM for careful rootkit forensics is to use "rpm -Vp ..." from a CDROM (or other offline/immutable media).

Immutable media…something that is harder and harder to get when looking to Fedora or RHEL (last with CDN). Sometimes (e.g. at EPEL as 3rd party repository) the RPM package has been already orphaned and thus removed from the repository when it comes to a verification case.

> This isn't an easy problem to solve.

Right, and I don't expect a quick solution. Just wild ideas: Blockchains for rpmdb? Optionally trusted (digital) timestamping for rpmdb? But yes, maybe also a further verification tool that somehow handles the situation that offline media is going away. I do not have a specific idea how this could be solved, finally.

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