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Solaris Sun Remote Services Net Connect 'srsexec' Utility Lets Local Users View Arbitrary Files
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1018046
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2007-2617   (Links to External Site)
Updated:  May 12 2008
Original Entry Date:  May 10 2007
Impact:   Disclosure of system information, Disclosure of user information
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 8, 9, 10
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in the Sun Remote Services (SRS) Net Connect software for Solaris. A local user can view arbitrary files on the target system.

A local user can invoke the 'srsexec' utility with the '-v' and '-d' switches to view portions of arbitrary files on the target system.

The vendor was notified on November 7, 2006.

iDefense reported this vulnerability.

Impact:   A local user view portions of arbitrary files on the target system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued the following fixes.

SPARC Platform

* SRS Net Connect Software 3.2.3 (for Solaris 8, 9 and 10) with patch 125713-01 or later
* SRS Net Connect Software 3.2.4 (for Solaris 8, 9 and 10) with patch 123870-02 or later

The Sun advisory is available at:

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

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  iDefense Security Advisory 05.10.07: Sun Microsystems Solaris SRS

Sun Microsystems Solaris SRS Proxy Core srsexec Arbitrary File Read

iDefense Security Advisory 05.10.07
May 10, 2007


The srsexec utility is part of the SRS Proxy Core package that is
available with Solaris 10. It is installed setuid root by default. For
more information about this software, visit the following URL.


Local exploitation of a design error vulnerability in the srsexec binary
optionally included in Sun Microsystems Inc., Solaris 10 allows
attackers to gain access to sensitive information, such as the root
password hash.

The vulnerability specifically exists because of a failure to drop
permissions or check the permissions on the file specified for the
target file. If a user specified verify only mode (-v) as well as debug
mode (-d), and specified a protected file such as /etc/shadow, srsexec
will display the first line of /etc/shadow in the debug messages. The
following demonstrates a sample exploitation session:

  $ /opt/SUNWsrspx/bin/srsexec -dvb /etc/shadow OWNED
  srsexec: binary_name: OWNED
  srsexec: name_buf:    OWNED_______________
  binaries file line:   root:omhyabndnAtNw:6
  binaries file line:   :6445::::::
  Security verification failed for binary: OWNED
  see SYSLOG(/var/adm/messages) for errors


Exploitation of this vulnerability allows attackers to gain access to
the root password hash or other sensitive information.

In order to exploit this vulnerability, an attacker must have local user
access to the system.


iDefense has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in Solaris 10
with the SUNWsrspx package installed. In order to determine if this
package is installed, an administrator can execute the following

  # pkginfo SUNWsrspx

If this command returns 'ERROR: information for "SUNWsrspx" was not
found', then the system does not have the affected package installed
and is not vulnerable.


Remove the setuid bit from the srsexec binary:

  # chmod -s /opt/SUNWsrspx/bin/srsexec


Sun Microsystems has addressed this vulnerability with a patch release.
For more information, consult Sun Alert ID 102891 at the following URL.


A Mitre Corp. Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) number has not
been assigned yet.


11/07/2006  Initial vendor notification
11/10/2006  Initial vendor response
05/10/2007  Coordinated public disclosure


The discoverer of this vulnerability wishes to remain anonymous.

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