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Tighten Nmap Data File Replacement Rules and Security Permissions #2051

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fyodor opened this issue May 21, 2020 · 1 comment
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Tighten Nmap Data File Replacement Rules and Security Permissions #2051

fyodor opened this issue May 21, 2020 · 1 comment

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@fyodor fyodor commented May 21, 2020

We received a report from a company using Nmap that was concerned about reducing that risk that an attacker could replace Nmap's data files, since that could potentially allow code execution. The data file replacement behavior is all documented at https://nmap.org/book/data-files-replacing-data-files.html, but we think this could be tightened up without substantially reducing usability. So our current plans are:

  1. Remove C:\Nmap from the Windows search path. Even though it is documented, I doubt many people use it. And it does introduce security concerns since Windows (at least sometimes) ships with insecure C: root filesystem permissions, probably for legacy app compatibility reasons. On Linux/UNIX/Mac platforms, all of the data directories are places that should only be writable by privileged users (or the user running Nmap themselves).

  2. Remove the "updates" directory searches since those relate to a feature that we never really introduced.

  3. We will make sure the current working directly isn't searched when specifying NSE scripts by category (though keep it for running scripts). Also, there is a feature where you can specify a directory and have all NSE scripts in that directory automatically run. We are thinking about requiring a forward slash at the end of the directory name for that feature so that it doesn't happen accidentally.

nmap-bot pushed a commit that referenced this issue Aug 27, 2020
This feature was never publicly released, and has not been distributed
in our binary builds for a couple versions now. It needed to be removed
in order to reduce the number of places Nmap looks for data files. See #2051
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@dmiller-nmap dmiller-nmap commented Aug 28, 2020

Changes incoming. Status on the above items:

  1. Windows will no longer search NMAPDATADIR, which was hard-coded as c:\nmap previously.
  2. nmap-update has been entirely removed, including the additional search paths for fetching data files and scripts.
  3. If a user runs nmap --script name-of-directory, it will result in an error if the directory exists. The error message is directory 'name-of-directory' found, but will not match without '/'. If the directory does not exist, the error is 'name-of-directory' did not match a category, filename, or directory. To get the old behavior, it must be specified as nmap --script name-of-directory/
res0nat0r added a commit to res0nat0r/nmap that referenced this issue Oct 7, 2020
stef (#1)
* Implement Ncat proxy creds via environment variable. Fixes nmap#2060, closes nmap#2073

* Fix --resume from IPv6 scans

* Use correct default buffer position. Closes nmap#2084

* Clarify upper boundary for variable-length numerical fields

* Make maximize_fdlimit return rlim_t on appropriate platforms. Closes nmap#2085. Fixes nmap#2079

* Credential object is creds.Account, not brute.Account. See nmap#2086

* Clarify location of the Error object

* Use correct default buffer position. Closes nmap#2086

* Minor optimization of url.parse_query()

* Output of matched fingerprints in http-default-accounts. Fixes nmap#2077

* Document that --open implies --defeat-rst-ratelimit since 7.40

* SNMP scripts are enabled on non-standard ports. See nmap#1473

* Increases SQL Server version resolution

* Eliminate reflection false positives in http-shellshock. Closes nmap#2089

* Unify AFP pathname serialization

* Correct AFP name extraction from responses. Closes nmap#2091
FPGetFileDirParms and FPEnumerateExt2 could crash due to unpacking from
out-of-bounds positions. This latent issue got exposed by converting from
bin.unpack to more stringent string.unpack

* Clarified parsing of the volume list in AFP FPGetSrvrParms

* Add cross references between the 2 whois scripts

* Streamline Boolean expressions

* Centralize AFP timestamp conversion to string

* Fix a word-wrapping issue

* Prevent SSH2 KEX confusion. Fixes nmap#2105

* Add ssh2.fetch_host_key() support for group 16

* Handle case of corrupted TCP options with length 0. Fixes nmap#2104

* Add iDRAC9 fingerprint to http-default-accounts. Closes nmap#2096

* fix license url: http -> https

* Implementation of TLS SNI override in Ncat
Closes nmap#2087, closes nmap#1928, fixes nmap#1927, fixes nmap#1974

* Fix off-by-one issue in last change. Fixes nmap#2107

* Be more strict with TCP options parsing, avoid reading off the end of TCP options. See nmap#2107

* Remove nmap-update

This feature was never publicly released, and has not been distributed
in our binary builds for a couple versions now. It needed to be removed
in order to reduce the number of places Nmap looks for data files. See nmap#2051

* If fetchfile didn't find the XSL, use a relative path on all platforms.

* Do not search NMAPDATADIR on Windows as it is not defined. See nmap#2051

* Remove an unused variable

* Require trailing '/' to match a directory name with --script. See nmap#2051

* Stop using Shellshock in header name. Fixes nmap#1983

* Fix line wrapping

* Speed improvement for script afp-ls. Closes nmap#2098

* New option --discovery-ignore-rst. Closes nmap#1616

* Nbase is needed for __attribute__ on Windows

* include string_pool in Windows build

* Use larger buffer size for socket errors (WSAETIMEDOUT was longer).

* Allow multiple UDP payloads per port. Closes nmap#1859 (payloads to be committed later)

* New UDP payloads. Closes nmap#1860

* Use ASCII chars for some payload data where it makes sense

* Pass error along instead of printing (link error)

* OpenSSL 1.1.X renamed libs: libeay32->libcrypto ssleay32->libssl

* More OpenSSL DLL name changes

* One last libeay32->libcrypto name change

* Fix loopback detection on Windows with new Npcap

* Add some popular favicon hashes

* Update nmap-mac-prefixes

* Update nmap-services from IANA

* Handle too-short response in s7-info. See nmap#2117

* Remove a todo item that is done (--resolve-all)

* Update dated 'class' network terms to CIDR. Closes nmap#2054

* Call superclass's init method from derived class

* Use signed value for tcp header offset and option lengths to detect underflow

* Correctly check for unsigned subtraction underflow.

* Add some missing changelog entries

* Tell LGTM to use the correct version of Python (2)

* Process new Linux and OpenBSD fingerprints

* Only get SSL options if we use them, currently for NO_SSLv2

* Process a few service fingerprint submissions

* Add a requested feature

* Try to make sure enough data is present before parsing. See nmap#2117

* Replace hyphens in the client SSH banner
Hyphen is not allowed in the software version string (RFC 4253, section 4.2)

* Update the SSH protocol flow. Closes nmap#1460
Allows the server to start the key exchange before the protocol version
exchange (banner exchange) is completed

* Silence static analysis warning

LGTM points out that since comparison with sizeof(buf) coerces n to
unsigned, all negative values become very large values, which are
necessarily larger than sizeof(buf), so the test is redundant. We still
want the test in our code to be explicit that we are checking for it, so
reordering the comparisons should silence the warning. A good optimizing
compiler should be able to combine the two conditions anyway.

See github/codeql#4249

* Be explicit about truncating division (timeout is in whole milliseconds)

* Improve docs on -Pn and host discovery

"Host discovery" is the preferred term over "ping scan" because of
confusion with ICMP Echo Request, a.k.a. "ping" as used by the "ping"
utility. Warn when users use -Pn because it has negative impact on scan
times since ultrascan timing parameters fall back to slow initial
defaults.

* Fix a config issue with LGTM (libverbs not linked in libpcap)

* Update IPv6 classifier based on new submissions through 2020-09-14

* Fix a meaningless error message when parsing IPv6 extension headers.

* Allow %F date format to mean YYYY-mm-dd like GNU date

* Remove duplicate test conditionals already tested in enclosing block

* Properly handle pcap reads in iocp engine. Fixes nmap#2126

Still has an odd code smell, but this fixes my test case with Nping.

* Add missing prototype

* Make IOCP the default Nsock engine on Windows. See nmap#2126

* Update macosx build to OpenSSL 1.1.1h, use jhbuild for all build steps

* Default rule base for script mysql-audit. See nmap#2125

* Avoid masked use of date before 1/1/1970 UTC. Fixes nmap#2136, closes nmap#2137

* Fix a CHANGELOG typo

* Reintegrate Nmap 7.90 release branch

* Bump version and regen docs for 7.90SVN post-release

* Only warn about protocol specs in port list with -p. Fixes nmap#2135

* Handle a weird IOCP error for UDP sockets. Fixes nmap#2140

Co-authored-by: nnposter <nnposter@e0a8ed71-7df4-0310-8962-fdc924857419>
Co-authored-by: dmiller <dmiller@e0a8ed71-7df4-0310-8962-fdc924857419>
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