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Title:       'Low' RISK - gLExec - prevention of job logging
Date:        2012-05-09
Updated:     2012-11-15



A vulnerability has been found in gLExec allowing a job to prevent the job 

completed log record from being written to the gLExec log or syslog

This has been resolved in gLExec 0.9.0 which is released as part of EMI 2, and is 

available in the EGI UMD 2 distribution. 


gLExec is an identity switching program which allows a job to execute under a 
different identity. This identity is selected using the user provided X.509 
credential, and one of the various mapping services used on the Grid.

A detailed vulnerability assessment of gLExec 0.8 was carried out by 
Daniel Crowell from the  University of Wisconsin Vulnerability assessment 
group [R 1] and this vulnerability was reported. 

It was found that a job can prevent the completion of log records from being

Risk category

This issue has been assessed as 'Low' risk by the EGI SVG Risk Assessment Team.

Affected software

Versions of gLExec earlier than 0.9.0 are affected.

This is fixed in version gLExec version 0.9.0 released as part of EMI 2, which is 

also released in EGI UMD 2. 


None is recommended.

Component installation information

The official repository for the distribution of grid middleware for EGI sites is which contains the EGI Unified Middleware Distribution (UMD).

The official repository for the distribution of grid middleware for EGI sites is which contains the EGI Unified Middleware Distribution (UMD).

The EGI UMD 2 distribution is available from:


Sites should update in due course, as is convenient to them. 
It is recommended that gLExec is executed in Linger mode, and gLExec 
configuration is suitable for the site.  See documentation  [R 2] 

Further information 

Distribution of advisory delayed until solution available to sites installing
software from the EGI UMD, as SVG in contact with the developers and was aware
that progress was taking place. 


This vulnerability was reported by Daniel Crowell of the University of


[R 1]

[R 2]


2011-03-28 Vulnerability reported by Daniel Crowell 
2011-03-28 Acknowledgement from the EGI SVG to the reporter
2011-03-26 Software providers responded and involved in investigation. 
2011-03-16 Assessment by the EGI Software Vulnerability Group reported to the 

software providers
2012-05-18 Updated packages available in EMI 2 
2012-08-07 Updated packages available in the EGI UMD 2
2012-11-15 Confirmed correct packages are in EGI UMD 2
2012-11-15 Public disclosure