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TinyVZ security update


August 23 2011

A discussion with Solar Designer (yes, that Solar Designer) on the OpenVZ mailing list has inspired me to check all of the software in TinyVZ against the CVE database of security vulnerabilities. I discovered one issue that needed patching: CVE-2010-0001, which affects the gzip Busybox applet in TinyVZ.

That in mind, I have released TinyVZ 0.7.02 with this issue fixed.

The only unpaid support I supply for TinyVZ at this time is to fix security problems with a CVE vulnerability number that affect compiled programs outside of the /build tree. CVE 2010-0001 has been patched; other CVE issues have not been patched because they do not appear to be serious security issues that affect TinyVZ. Details are in the file build/CVE inside of the container.

After patching TinyVZ to fix this security issue, and making the TinyVZ 0.7.02 tarball, I discovered a bug in the script /sbin/ (inside of the container) causing the same IP to be added multiple times to /etc/iplist. This bug is not serious enough to merit a new release of TinyVZ; people who wish to not have this bug can use the following revised file (changes to fix bug are in bold):


# Copyright 2011 Sam Trenholme.
# This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
# it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
# the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or
# (at your option) any later version.
# This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
# but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
# GNU General Public License for more details.
# You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
# along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
# Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place, Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307 USA

# POSIX-compatible script for adding an IP to the TinyVZ container

for ip in $IP_ADDR ; do
	if ! grep $ip /etc/iplist > /dev/null ; then
		echo IPLIST=\$IPLIST\" $ip\" >> /etc/iplist

# Reset all IPs
ifconfig venet0 down

. /etc/iplist

for IP in $IPLIST ; do
	if [ $NUMBER -gt 0 ] ; then
		ifconfig venet0:$NUMBER $IP
		ifconfig venet0 $IP
	NUMBER=$( expr $NUMBER + 1 )
TinyVZ can be downloaded here:

As an aside, Solar Designer has his own highly secure Linux distribution called Openwall which is worth checking out; it has an OpenVZ template and can be updated.

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