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Category:   OS (UNIX)  >   IBM AIX Vendors:   IBM
AIX 'ps' Command Discloses Process Environment Variables to Local Users
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1019265
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2008-0589   (Links to External Site)
Updated:  Feb 7 2008
Original Entry Date:  Jan 24 2008
Impact:   Disclosure of system information
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  Exploit Included:  Yes  
Version(s): 5.2, 5.3, 6.1
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in IBM AIX. A local user can view process environment variables.

A local user can invoke the 'ps' command to view the values of all processes environment variables.

A demonstration exploit is available at:

Andrea "bunker" Purificato reported this vulnerability.

Impact:   A local user can view process environment variables.
Solution:   The vendor plans to issued the following fixes:

AIX Level APAR number Availability

5.2.0 IZ11242 05/14/08
5.3.0 IZ12745 04/30/08
5.3.7 IZ11243 04/30/08
6.1.0 IZ11244 02/20/08

An efix is available at:

The IBM advisories are available at:

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error

Message History:   None.

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