|March 1, 2016
|Riak KV, Riak CS, and Riak TS
|Affected Riak KV versions
|2.1.3 and lower
|Affected Riak CS versions
|2.1.1 and lower
|Affected Riak TS versions
|1.2.0 and lower
Riak KV, Riak CS, and Riak TS package an init script to handle several Riak operations. By default, the
/etc/init.d/riak file in KV and TS and the
/etc/init.d/stanchion files in CS are owned by the Riak user when installed via
yum or .rpm packages. Any other user able to run commands as the Riak user would be able to edit this file and include malicious code to be executed when the script is initialized.
Precompiled packages for RedHat/CentOS variants of Riak KV, Riak CS, and Riak TS installed either via
yum or .rpm are at risk. Instances of Riak KV, Riak CS, and Riak TS installed via source or downloaded zip and then compiled are unaffected.
apt-get and .deb installations of Riak KV/CS/TS are also unaffected. Riak is executed via the bin/riak application and no init scripts are deployed to start Riak on boot.
Check the table to see if you are impacted; an ‘X’ indicates affected users:
|installed via rpm/deb
|Fedora (19 x64)
|FreeBSD (9.2 x64)
Change the ownership of the Riak init file from Riak user to root user.
Riak KV/Riak TS
After you have installed Riak KV or TS, change the ownership of the Riak init file by running the following:
chown root:root /etc/init.d/riak
After you have installed Riak CS, change the ownership of the Riak init files by running the following:
chown root:root /etc/init.d/riak-cs /etc/init.d/stanchion
Changes to the packaging and
yum directives will be provided in the next release of each product to secure the init script without the need for manual intervention.
The changes to the security permissions will be included in Riak KV 2.0.7 and 2.2.0, Riak TS 1.3, and Riak CS 2.1.2.