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Category:   OS (UNIX)  >   IBM AIX Vendors:   IBM
IBM AIX Buffer Overflow in 'reboot' Command Lets Local Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1019602
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1019602
CVE Reference:   CVE-2008-1601   (Links to External Site)
Updated:  Apr 1 2008
Original Entry Date:  Mar 12 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
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in AIX. A local user can obtain elevated privileges on the target system.

A local user in the 'shutdown' group can can invoke '/usr/sbin/reboot' trigger a stack overflow to execute arbitrary code with root privileges on the target system.

IBM discovered this vulnerability.

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

For 5.2.0: APAR IZ15479

For 5.3.0: APAR IZ15480 (to be available 3/17/2008).

The vendor advisories are available at:

http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=isg1IZ15479
http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=isg1IZ15480

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

Message History:   None.


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