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Category:   OS (UNIX)  >   IBM AIX Vendors:   IBM
IBM AIX Buffer Overflow in slocal Lets Local Users Gain Root Privileges
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1015367
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1015367
CVE Reference:   GENERIC-MAP-NOMATCH   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Dec 16 2005
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via local system, Root access via local system
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 5.1, 5.2, and 5.3
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in IBM's AIX operating system in slocal. A local user can obtain elevated privileges.

A local user can invoke slocal to trigger a buffer overflow and execute arbitrary code with root privileges.

David Litchfield of NGS Software reported this vulnerability.

Impact:   A local user can obtain root privileges.
Solution:   IBM plans to issue the following fixes, available at:

http://www-1.ibm.com/servers/eserver/support/pseries/aixfixes.html

APAR number for AIX 5.1.0: IY78224 (available approx. 01/30/06)
APAR number for AIX 5.2.0: IY78225 (available approx. 01/30/06)
APAR number for AIX 5.3.0: IY78226 (available approx. 01/30/06)

An Interim fix is available at:

ftp://aix.software.ibm.com/aix/efixes/security/slocal_ifix.tar.Z

Vendor URL:  www.ibm.com/ (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Boundary error

Message History:   None.


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