FreeBSD-SA-01:41 Security Advisory
Topic: hanterm ports allow local root compromise
Module: ko-hanterm, ko-hanterm-xf
Affects: Ports collection prior to the correction date.
Vendor status: Contacted
FreeBSD only: NO
hanterm is a modified version of xterm which supports Korean language
entry and display. It is included in the FreeBSD ports collection in
two versions: ko-hanterm and ko-hanterm-xf.
II. Problem Description
The hanterm binary is installed with setuid root permissions, but
contains insecure code which allows unprivileged local users to obtain
root access on the local system.
The hanterm ports are not installed by default, nor is it "part of
FreeBSD" as such: it is part of the FreeBSD ports collection, which
contains over 5400 third-party applications in a ready-to-install
format. The ports collections shipped with FreeBSD 4.3 contain this
problem since it was discovered after the release.
FreeBSD makes no claim about the security of these third-party
applications, although an effort is underway to provide a security
audit of the most security-critical ports.
Unprivileged local users can obtain root access on the local system.
If you have not chosen to install the ko-hanterm or ko-hanterm-xf
ports/packages, then your system is not vulnerable to this problem.
1) Deinstall the ko-hanterm and ko-hanterm-xf ports/packages, if you
have installed them.
2) Remove the setuid root permission from the /usr/X11R6/bin/hanterm
file. Execute the following command as root:
# chmod u-s /usr/X11R6/bin/hanterm
One of the following:
1) Upgrade your entire ports collection and rebuild the
2) Deinstall the old package and install a new package dated after the
correction date, obtained from: