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Category:   OS (UNIX)  >   IBM AIX Vendors:   IBM
IBM AIX acctctl Command Lets Local Users Gain Root Privileges
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1016965
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1016965
CVE Reference:   CVE-2006-5010   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Oct 2 2006
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via local system, Root access via local system
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 5.3
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in IBM AIX. A local user can gain elevated privileges.

The acctctl command uses the mkdir without specifying the absolute path. A local user in the 'adm' group can create an alternate mkdir binary and then cause the system to execute the alternate binary with root privileges.

Impact:   A local user can gain root privileges on the target system.
Solution:   IBM has issued a fix (APAR IY88681) for IBM AIX 5.3.

The IBM advisory is available at:

http://www-1.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=isg1IY88681

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

Message History:   None.


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