Re: [VulnWatch] iDEFENSE Security Advisory 02.08.05: IBM AIX auditselect Local Format String Vulnerability

From: Shiva Persaud (shivapd@private)
Date: Tue Feb 08 2005 - 16:43:14 PST

The IBM advisory for this issue:

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First Issued: Tue Feb  8 18:07:01 CST 2005

                           VULNERABILITY SUMMARY

VULNERABILITY:      A format string vulnerability in the auditselect
                    command may allow a local user in the audit group to
                    gain root privileges.

PLATFORMS:          AIX 5.1, 5.2 and 5.3.

SOLUTION:           Apply the workaround or APARs as described below.

THREAT:             A local user may gain root privileges.

CERT VU Number:     N/A
CVE Number:         N/A
                           DETAILED INFORMATION

I.  Description

A format string vulnerability in the auditselect command was discovered.
This vulnerability may allow a local user in the audit group to gain root

The command affected by this issue ships as part of the
fileset. To determine if this fileset is installed, execute the following

# lslpp -L

If the fileset is installed it will be listed along with its version
information, state, type and a description.

II. Impact
A local user in the audit group may gain root privileges.

III.  Solutions

A. Official Fix

IBM provides the following fixes:

      APAR number for AIX 5.1.0: IY67802 (available approx. 03/23/05)
      APAR number for AIX 5.2.0: IY67472 (available approx. 04/15/05)
      APAR number for AIX 5.3.0: IY67519 (available approx. 04/15/05)

NOTE: Affected customers are urged to upgrade to 5.1.0, 5.2.0 or 5.3.0 at
the latest maintenance level.

B. Workaround

Setting the file mode bits to 500 will allow only the root user to execute
the auditselect command. This can be done by executing the following
command as root:

# chmod 500 /usr/sbin/auditselect

Verify that the file mode bits have been changed to 500:

# ls -la /usr/sbin/auditselect
- -r-x------  1 root audit 20778 2002-09-15 22:09 /usr/sbin/auditselect

IV. Obtaining Fixes
AIX Version 5 APARs can be downloaded from:

Security related Emergency Fixes can be downloaded from:

V.  Acknowledgments
This vulnerability was reported by iDEFENSE.

VI.  Contact Information

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