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Category:   Application (Database)  >   Ingres Database Vendors:   Ingres Corporation
Ingres Database 'ingvalidpw' Untrusted Path Lets Local Users Gain Elevated Privileges
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1020614
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2008-3357   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Aug 3 2008
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via local system, Root access via local system
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 2006 release 2 (9.1.0), 2006 release 1 (9.0.4), and 2.6
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Ingres Database. A local user with certain privileges can obtain root privileges on the target system.

The 'ingvalidpw' utility loads shared libraries with 'ingres' user privileges and executes them with 'root' privileges. A local user with 'ingres' user privileges can create an alternate library file and then invoke the 'ingvalidpw' utility to execute arbitrary commands on the target system with root privileges.

The vendor was notified on July 20, 2007.

An anonymous researcher reported this vulnerability via iDefense.

Impact:   A local user with 'ingres' user privileges can obtain root privileges on the target system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a fix.

The vendor's advisory is available at:

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error
Underlying OS:  Linux (Any), UNIX (HP/UX)

Message History:   This archive entry has one or more follow-up message(s) listed below.
Aug 7 2008 (CA Issues Fix for CA ARCserve Backup for Linux) Ingres Database 'ingvalidpw' Untrusted Path Lets Local Users Gain Elevated Privileges
CA has issued a fix for CA ARCserve Backup for Linux.

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  iDefense Security Advisory 08.01.08: Ingres Database for Linux

iDefense Security Advisory 08.01.08
Aug 01, 2008


Ingres Database is a database server used in several Computer
Associates' products. For example, CA Directory Service use thes Ingres
Database server. More information can be found on the vendor's website
at the following URL.


Local exploitation of an untrusted library path vulnerability in the
"ingvalidpw" utility, as included in Ingres Database 2006 Release 2 for
Linux, allows attackers to execute arbitrary code with root privileges.

The vulnerability exists within the "ingvalidpw" utility included with
Ingres database. This utility is used to verify a user's credentials,
and is installed set-uid root. When loading shared libraries, the
"ingvalidpw" program will load libraries from a directory owned by the
"ingres" user. By using a specially crafted library, a user with
"ingres" privileges can gain root.


Exploitation of this vulnerability allows an attacker to elevate their
privileges from the "ingres" user to root. By itself, this is not that
serious of a vulnerability. However, when combined with the libbecompat
and verifydb vulnerabilities it allows an unprivileged local user to
gain root privileges.


iDefense has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in Ingres
2006 Enterprise Edition Release 2 for Linux x86 (32-bit). Other
versions may also be affected.


iDefense is currently unaware of any workarounds for this issue.


"This problem has been identified and resolved by Ingres in the
following releases: Ingres 2006 release 2 (9.1.0), Ingres 2006 release
1 (9.0.4), and Ingres 2.6."

For more information, refer to Ingres' advisory at the following URL.


The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2008-3357 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (, which standardizes names for
security problems.


07/20/2007  Initial vendor response
07/23/2007  Initial vendor notification
08/01/2008  Coordinated public disclosure


The discoverer of this vulnerability wishes to remain anonymous.

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