Version 3.5 of mod_wsgi can be obtained from:
Local privilege escalation when using daemon mode. (CVE-2014-0240)
The issue is believed to affect Linux systems running kernel versions >= 2.6.0 and < 3.1.0.
The issue affects all versions of mod_wsgi up to and including version 3.4.
The source of the issue derives from mod_wsgi not correctly handling Linux specific error codes from setuid(), which differ to what would be expected to be returned by UNIX systems conforming to the Open Group UNIX specification for setuid().
This difference in behaviour between Linux and the UNIX specification was believed to have been removed in version 3.1.0 of the Linux kernel.
The issue would allow a user, where Apache is initially being started as the root user and where running code under mod_wsgi daemon mode as an unprivileged user, to manipulate the number of processes run by that user to affect the outcome of setuid() when daemon mode processes are forked and so gain escalated privileges for the users code.
Due to the nature of the issue, if you provide a service or allow untrusted users to run Python web applications you do not control the code for, and do so using daemon mode of mod_wsgi, you should update mod_wsgi as soon as possible.
1. Python 3 installations can add a suffix to the Python library. So instead
libpythonX.Y.so it can be
2. When using daemon mode, if an uncaught exception occurred when handling a request, when response was proxied back via the Apache child process, an internal value for the HTTP status line was not cleared correctly. This was resulting in a HTTP status in response to client of ‘200 Error’ rather than ‘500 Internal Server Error’.
Note that this only affected the status line and not the actual HTTP status. The status would still be 500 and the client would still interpret it as a failed request.
3. Null out Apache scoreboard handle in daemon processes for Apache 2.4 to avoid process crash when lingering close cleanup occurs.
4. Workaround broken MacOS X XCode Toolchain references in Apache apxs build configuration tool and operating system libtool script. This means it is no longer necessary to manually go into:
and manually add symlinks to define the true location of the compiler tools.
Restore ability to compile mod_wsgi source code under Apache 1.3.
6. Fix checks for whether the ITK MPM is used and whether ITK MPM specific actions should be taken around the ownership of the mod_wsgi daemon process listener socket.
7. Fix issue where when using Python 3.4, mod_wsgi daemon processes would actually crash when the processes were being shutdown.
8. Made traditional library linking the default on MacOS X. If needing
framework style linking for the Python framework, then use the
--enable-framework option. The existing
--disable-framework has now
been removed given that the default action has been swapped around.
1. For Linux 2.4 and later, enable ability of daemon processes to dump core
files when Apache
CoreDumpDirectory directive used.
2. Attempt to log whether daemon process exited normally or was killed off by an unexpected signal.