Bug 119811 - LibreOffice 6.0.6 spies on my Firefox keychain when opening MS documents
Summary: LibreOffice 6.0.6 spies on my Firefox keychain when opening MS documents
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: LibreOffice (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) release
Hardware: All Linux (All)
: medium normal
Assignee: Not Assigned
Depends on:
Reported: 2018-09-11 16:47 UTC by libreoffice
Modified: 2020-11-27 16:13 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Description libreoffice 2018-09-11 16:47:58 UTC
When opening a docx,xlsx,pptx file, LibreOffice tries to access my Firefox's certificate store and keychain (as reported by default AppArmor rules provided by Canonical on Ubuntu 18.04)
Said files has no digital signature to check, if it were the case, it would be required to use system's certificate store and/or seahorse's certificate store.

Affected versions are 6.0.3 provided by Canonical and 6.0.6 provided by document foundation launchpad PPA.

There are no visible reasons for LibreOffice to try to read anything from Firefox.

Here are the logs produced by AppArmor when opening such files :

home/Magissia/.mozilla/firefox/mwad0hks.default/cert8.db" pid=19509 comm="soffice.bin" requested_mask="w" denied_mask="w" fsuid=1000 ouid=1000
Sep 11 18:25:31 Marshmallow kernel: [18154.693846] audit: type=1400 audit(1536683131.498:70): apparmor="ALLOWED" operation="open" profile="libreoffice-soffice" name="/home/Magissia/.mozilla/firefox/mwad0hks.default/key3.db" pid=19509 comm="soffice.bin" requested_mask="wr" denied_mask="wr" fsuid=1000 ouid=1000
Sep 11 18:25:40 Marshmallow kernel: [18163.215743] audit: type=1400 audit(1536683140.018:71): apparmor="ALLOWED" operation="open" profile="libreoffice-soffice" name="/proc/version" pid=19509 comm="soffice.bin" requested_mask="r" denied_mask="r" fsuid=1000 ouid=0

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Open any docx file created with Microsoft Word 2013 or superior
2. Enjoy invasion of privacy

Actual Results:
LibreOffice tries to read private files that has nothing to do with the document or LibreOffice

Expected Results:
Not reading Firefox's files when opening documents

Reproducible: Always

User Profile Reset: Yes

OpenGL enabled: Yes

Additional Info:
Build ID: 1:6.0.6-0ubuntu0.18.04.1
Threads CPU : 2; OS : Linux 4.15; UI Render : par défaut; VCL: gtk3; 
Locale : fr-FR (fr_FR.UTF-8); Calc: group
Comment 1 Thorsten Behrens (allotropia) 2018-09-12 10:28:32 UTC

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 118593 ***
Comment 2 Olivier Tilloy 2020-02-10 16:58:52 UTC
I'm removing the duplicate status: bug 118593 is about loading xmlsecurity at startup even when not needed, whereas this one is a concern about what xmlsecurity does to access firefox's certificates DB.

I'm not a security expert but this looks like a valid concern to me, especially since libreoffice requests write mode to cert8.db and key3.db. Is this really needed? Is there a design doc that explains why?
Comment 3 meave 2020-08-23 04:57:20 UTC Comment hidden (spam)
Comment 4 Rene Engelhard 2020-11-27 15:58:33 UTC
well, obviously the firefox profile is used because NSS wants to find its certificates for digital signing.

I would also argue that it shouldn't request "w" permissions, but "r" is expected.

I also suggested using ~/.pki/nssdb but...

16:41 < _rene_> is there any plan to be able to use ~/.pki/nssdb? (see https://wiki.mozilla.org/NSS_Shared_DB_And_LINUX)
16:41 < _rene_> instead of the mozilla profile?
16:42 -!- hallnknight [~hallnknig@2401:4900:3b30:951d:983d:6f8:9c88:2aef] has joined #libreoffice-dev
16:42 < _rene_> (context: https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=975951 and https://bugs.documentfoundation.org/show_bug.cgi?id=119811)
16:42 < IZBot> bug 119811: LibreOffice-LibreOffice normal/medium NEW LibreOffice 6.0.6 spies on my Firefox keychain when opening MS documents
16:43 < mst___> _rene_, if there's some UI for users to add their certs to that location then sure
16:44 < _rene_> one can do so without a UI? not everything needs a UI?
16:44 < _rene_> at least make it honour that path in addition
16:45 < _rene_> mst___: users nowadays also don't use firefox :)
16:48 <@thorsten> _rene_: thought nss can only use one path?
16:49 < _rene_> no idea, can't one initialize nss two times and use one instance for firefox and the other for that one?
16:49 < _rene_> I mean, there must be more application not relying only on firefox?
16:50 <@thorsten> we had similar issues with thunderbird vs. firefox cert stores,
16:50 < _rene_> mmh
16:50 <@thorsten> IIRC the suggestion was for users to set the proper env var,
16:50 <@thorsten> and we're off the hook?
16:50 <@vmiklos> or just set their preferred path in LO, using tools -> options
16:51 < _rene_> but MOZILLA_CERTIFICATE_FOLDER if you mean that will expect a firefox profile and not work with ~/.pki/nssdb, will it?
16:52 <@vmiklos> you would have to check, possibly both just contain files like certX.db and keyY.db, so perhaps works out of the box
16:52 -!- OlegShtch [~Thunderbi@] has joined #libreoffice-dev
16:52 < _rene_> ah, right, there's the "Options", didn't know
16:54 < _rene_> ok, related to this:
16:54 < _rene_> why does LO request w permissions?
16:54 < _rene_> r should simply suffice, shouldn't it?
16:55 < _rene_> or is this nss actually opening it? (I guess so...)
16:56 -!- hallnknight [~hallnknig@2401:4900:3b30:951d:983d:6f8:9c88:2aef] has quit [Ping timeout: 264 seconds]
16:56 -!- sberg [~sberg@dynamic-077-003-206-224.77.3.pool.telefonica.de] has quit [Quit: Leaving]
16:56 <@vmiklos> i guess ideally it should be read-only, right.
16:56 -!- hallnknight [~hallnknig@] has joined #libreoffice-dev
16:57  * _rene_ writes that into https://bugs.documentfoundation.org/show_bug.cgi?id=119811
16:57 < IZBot> bug 119811: LibreOffice-LibreOffice normal/medium NEW LibreOffice 6.0.6 spies on my Firefox keychain when opening MS documents
16:57 < _rene_> (with the chat here cut'n'pasted)
Comment 5 Rene Engelhard 2020-11-27 16:13:14 UTC
the UI btw would be "certutil"