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smbfs -- chroot escape


Problem Description

smbfs does not properly sanitize paths containing a backslash character; in particular the directory name '..\' is interpreted as the parent directory by the SMB/CIFS server, but smbfs handles it in the same manner as any other directory.


When inside a chroot environment which resides on a smbfs mounted file-system it is possible for an attacker to escape out of this chroot to any other directory on the smbfs mounted file-system.


Mount the smbfs file-systems which need to be used with chroot on top, in a way so the chroot directory is exactly on the mount point and not a sub directory



portaudit: smbfs -- chroot escape

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