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IBM AIX getconf Utility Lets Local Users Gain Elevated Privileges
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1014991
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2005-3060   (Links to External Site)
Updated:  Jun 4 2008
Original Entry Date:  Sep 30 2005
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via local system, Root access via local system
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): AIX 5.2 and 5.3
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in IBM's AIX operating system. A local user can gain root privileges.

A local user can exploit a buffer overflow in the getconf command to execute arbitrary code with root privileges.

Impact:   A local user can execute arbitrary code with root privileges.
Solution:   The vendor has issued the following fixes:

APAR number for AIX 5.2.0: IY73850 (available)
APAR number for AIX 5.3.0: IY73814 (available)

AIX Version 5 APARs are available at:

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Boundary error

Message History:   None.

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