ID CVE-2008-2514
Summary Buffer overflow in errpt in IBM AIX 5.2, 5.3, and 6.1 allows local users to gain privileges via unknown attack vectors.
References
Vulnerable Configurations
  • IBM AIX 5.2
    cpe:2.3:o:ibm:aix:5.2
  • IBM AIX 5.3
    cpe:2.3:o:ibm:aix:5.3
  • IBM AIX 6.1
    cpe:2.3:o:ibm:aix:6.1
CVSS
Base: 4.6 (as of 03-06-2008 - 13:44)
Impact:
Exploitability:
CWE CWE-119
CAPEC
  • Buffer Overflow via Environment Variables
    This attack pattern involves causing a buffer overflow through manipulation of environment variables. Once the attacker finds that they can modify an environment variable, they may try to overflow associated buffers. This attack leverages implicit trust often placed in environment variables.
  • Overflow Buffers
    Buffer Overflow attacks target improper or missing bounds checking on buffer operations, typically triggered by input injected by an attacker. As a consequence, an attacker is able to write past the boundaries of allocated buffer regions in memory, causing a program crash or potentially redirection of execution as per the attackers' choice.
  • Client-side Injection-induced Buffer Overflow
    This type of attack exploits a buffer overflow vulnerability in targeted client software through injection of malicious content from a custom-built hostile service.
  • Filter Failure through Buffer Overflow
    In this attack, the idea is to cause an active filter to fail by causing an oversized transaction. An attacker may try to feed overly long input strings to the program in an attempt to overwhelm the filter (by causing a buffer overflow) and hoping that the filter does not fail securely (i.e. the user input is let into the system unfiltered).
  • MIME Conversion
    An attacker exploits a weakness in the MIME conversion routine to cause a buffer overflow and gain control over the mail server machine. The MIME system is designed to allow various different information formats to be interpreted and sent via e-mail. Attack points exist when data are converted to MIME compatible format and back.
  • Overflow Binary Resource File
    An attack of this type exploits a buffer overflow vulnerability in the handling of binary resources. Binary resources may include music files like MP3, image files like JPEG files, and any other binary file. These attacks may pass unnoticed to the client machine through normal usage of files, such as a browser loading a seemingly innocent JPEG file. This can allow the attacker access to the execution stack and execute arbitrary code in the target process. This attack pattern is a variant of standard buffer overflow attacks using an unexpected vector (binary files) to wrap its attack and open up a new attack vector. The attacker is required to either directly serve the binary content to the victim, or place it in a locale like a MP3 sharing application, for the victim to download. The attacker then is notified upon the download or otherwise locates the vulnerability opened up by the buffer overflow.
  • Buffer Overflow via Symbolic Links
    This type of attack leverages the use of symbolic links to cause buffer overflows. An attacker can try to create or manipulate a symbolic link file such that its contents result in out of bounds data. When the target software processes the symbolic link file, it could potentially overflow internal buffers with insufficient bounds checking.
  • Overflow Variables and Tags
    This type of attack leverages the use of tags or variables from a formatted configuration data to cause buffer overflow. The attacker crafts a malicious HTML page or configuration file that includes oversized strings, thus causing an overflow.
  • Buffer Overflow via Parameter Expansion
    In this attack, the target software is given input that the attacker knows will be modified and expanded in size during processing. This attack relies on the target software failing to anticipate that the expanded data may exceed some internal limit, thereby creating a buffer overflow.
  • Buffer Overflow in an API Call
    This attack targets libraries or shared code modules which are vulnerable to buffer overflow attacks. An attacker who has access to an API may try to embed malicious code in the API function call and exploit a buffer overflow vulnerability in the function's implementation. All clients that make use of the code library thus become vulnerable by association. This has a very broad effect on security across a system, usually affecting more than one software process.
  • Buffer Overflow in Local Command-Line Utilities
    This attack targets command-line utilities available in a number of shells. An attacker can leverage a vulnerability found in a command-line utility to escalate privilege to root.
Access
VectorComplexityAuthentication
LOCAL LOW NONE
Impact
ConfidentialityIntegrityAvailability
PARTIAL PARTIAL PARTIAL
nessus via4
  • NASL family AIX Local Security Checks
    NASL id AIX_IZ22347.NASL
    description The errpt command contains a buffer which can overflow. A local attacker may exploit this overflow to execute arbitrary code with root privileges because the command is setuid root. The following files are vulnerable : /usr/bin/errpt.
    last seen 2019-02-21
    modified 2013-03-11
    plugin id 63768
    published 2013-01-24
    reporter Tenable
    source https://www.tenable.com/plugins/index.php?view=single&id=63768
    title AIX 5.3 TL 7 : errpt (IZ22347)
  • NASL family AIX Local Security Checks
    NASL id AIX_IZ21494.NASL
    description The errpt command contains a buffer which can overflow. A local attacker may exploit this overflow to execute arbitrary code with root privileges because the command is setuid root. The following files are vulnerable : /usr/bin/errpt.
    last seen 2019-02-21
    modified 2013-03-11
    plugin id 63765
    published 2013-01-24
    reporter Tenable
    source https://www.tenable.com/plugins/index.php?view=single&id=63765
    title AIX 5.3 TL 8 : errpt (IZ21494)
  • NASL family AIX Local Security Checks
    NASL id AIX_IZ22348.NASL
    description The errpt command contains a buffer which can overflow. A local attacker may exploit this overflow to execute arbitrary code with root privileges because the command is setuid root. The following files are vulnerable : /usr/bin/errpt.
    last seen 2019-02-21
    modified 2013-03-11
    plugin id 63769
    published 2013-01-24
    reporter Tenable
    source https://www.tenable.com/plugins/index.php?view=single&id=63769
    title AIX 6.1 TL 0 : errpt (IZ22348)
  • NASL family AIX Local Security Checks
    NASL id AIX_IZ22346.NASL
    description The errpt command contains a buffer which can overflow. A local attacker may exploit this overflow to execute arbitrary code with root privileges because the command is setuid root. The following files are vulnerable : /usr/bin/errpt.
    last seen 2019-02-21
    modified 2013-03-11
    plugin id 63767
    published 2013-01-24
    reporter Tenable
    source https://www.tenable.com/plugins/index.php?view=single&id=63767
    title AIX 5.3 TL 0 : errpt (IZ22346)
  • NASL family AIX Local Security Checks
    NASL id AIX_IZ19905.NASL
    description The errpt command contains a buffer which can overflow. A local attacker may exploit this overflow to execute arbitrary code with root privileges because the command is setuid root. The following files are vulnerable : /usr/bin/errpt.
    last seen 2019-02-21
    modified 2013-03-11
    plugin id 63763
    published 2013-01-24
    reporter Tenable
    source https://www.tenable.com/plugins/index.php?view=single&id=63763
    title AIX 5.2 TL 0 : errpt (IZ19905)
oval via4
accepted 2008-07-28T04:00:18.459-04:00
class vulnerability
contributors
name Michael Wood
organization Hewlett-Packard
definition_extensions
  • comment IBM AIX 5200-10 is installed
    oval oval:org.mitre.oval:def:5076
  • comment IBM AIX 5300-08 is installed
    oval oval:org.mitre.oval:def:5293
  • comment IBM AIX 5.3 is installed
    oval oval:org.mitre.oval:def:5325
  • comment IBM AIX 6.1 is installed
    oval oval:org.mitre.oval:def:5267
description Buffer overflow in errpt in IBM AIX 5.2, 5.3, and 6.1 allows local users to gain privileges via unknown attack vectors.
family unix
id oval:org.mitre.oval:def:5629
status accepted
submitted 2008-06-12T15:10:44.000-05:00
title IBM AIX Buffer Overflow in errpt Command May Let Local Users Gain Elevated Privileges
version 43
refmap via4
aixapar
  • IZ19905
  • IZ21494
  • IZ22346
  • IZ22347
  • IZ22348
bid 29323
confirm http://aix.software.ibm.com/aix/efixes/security/errpt_advisory.asc
sectrack 1020084
secunia 30349
vupen ADV-2008-1626
xf ibm-aix-setuidroot-errpt-bo(42578)
Last major update 16-07-2013 - 11:53
Published 02-06-2008 - 17:30
Last modified 28-09-2017 - 21:31
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