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Category:   OS (UNIX)  >   IBM AIX Vendors:   IBM
IBM AIX swcons Bug Lets Local Users Gain Root Privileges
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1020818
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1020818
CVE Reference:   CVE-2008-4018   (Links to External Site)
Updated:  Sep 15 2008
Original Entry Date:  Sep 4 2008
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via local system, Root access via local system
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 5.2, 5.3, 6.1
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in AIX. A local user can obtain root privileges on the target system.

A local user in the system group can create arbitrary files with root permissions. This can be exploited to execute arbitrary code with root privileges.

The vulnerability resides in the 'bos.rte.console' fileset swcons command.

The vulnerability either resides in a fix for a vulnerability that was ostensibly patched in October 2007 or in the patch itself.

iDefense Labs reported this vulnerability.

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

5.2.0 IZ18335

The vendor plans to issue the following additional fixes:

5.3.0 IZ18339 10/29/2008
5.3.7 IZ18338 10/29/2008
5.3.8 IZ18334 10/29/2008
6.1.0 IZ18341 11/19/2008
6.1.1 IZ28943 11/19/2008

The vendor's advisories are available at:

http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=isg1IZ18335
http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=isg1IZ18339
http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=isg1IZ18338
http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=isg1IZ18334
http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=isg1IZ18341
http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=isg1IZ28943

Vendor URL:  www.ibm.com/ (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Not specified

Message History:   None.


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