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Category:   OS (UNIX)  >   IBM AIX Vendors:   IBM
IBM AIX Input Validation Flaw in iostat Command Lets Local Users Gain Root Privileges
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1020085
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1020085
CVE Reference:   CVE-2008-2515   (Links to External Site)
Updated:  Jun 3 2008
Original Entry Date:  May 22 2008
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via local system, Root access via local system
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 5.2, 5.3, 6.1
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in AIX in the iostat command. A local user can obtain root privileges on the target system.

A local user can invoke the 'usr/bin/iostat' command with a specially crafted environment variable value to execute arbitrary commands on the target system with root privileges.

Impact:   A local user can obtain root privileges on the target system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued the following APAR:

5.2.0 IZ20635

The vendor plans to issue the following APARs on June 20, 2008:

5.3.0 IZ22350
5.3.7 IZ22351
5.3.8 IZ21506
6.1.0 IZ22349

Efixes are available at:

http://aix.software.ibm.com/aix/efixes/security/iostat_fix.tar
ftp://aix.software.ibm.com/aix/efixes/security/iostat_fix.tar

The vendor's advisories are available at:

http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=isg1IZ20635
http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=isg1IZ22350
http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=isg1IZ22351
http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=isg1IZ21506
http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=isg1IZ22349

Vendor URL:  www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=isg1IZ20635 (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Input validation error

Message History:   None.


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