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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   Sudo Vendors:
Sudo sudoedit Wildcard Processing Bug Lets Local Users Gain Elevated Privileges
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1034392
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2015-5602   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Dec 11 2015
Impact:   Root access via local system
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): prior to 1.8.15
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Sudo. A local user can obtain elevated privileges on the target system.

When a local user is granted root privileges to sudoedit a file that is specified in the '/etc/sudoers' file with multiple wildcards in the full path name, the user can create a specially crafted symbolic link (symlink) from a permitted file to a critical file on the system to gain root access to the target critical file.

The original advisory is available at:

Daniel Svartman reported this vulnerability.

Impact:   A local user assigned certain privileges via the '/etc/sudoers' file can obtain elevated privileges on the target system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a fix (1.8.15) [in November 2015].

The vendor's advisory is available at:

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error
Underlying OS:  Linux (Any)

Message History:   None.

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