IBM AIX digest buffer overflow in filename argument to command

ID VU:808633
Type cert
Reporter CERT
Modified 2001-09-28T00:00:00



There is a buffer overflow in the digest command that may allow a local attacker to gain root privileges.


The digest command is intended to be run by the qdaemon to generate a binary version of the queue configuration daemon information stored in /etc/qconfig. The digest program has a buffer overflow in one of the filename arguments to the command. An exploit for this vulnerability is publicly available, and is reported to have been used by intruders to compromise systems.


An attacker with access to a local user account may be able to gain root privileges. The attacker must gain access to the printq group before being able to exploit this vulnerability.


Apply a Patch

IBM has released patches to correct this problem. For AIX version 4.2, system adminstrators should apply APAR#IY08287. For AIX version 4.3, system administrators should apply APAR#IY08143. The patches for this problem also correct a vulnerability in the enq command.

Systems Affected

Vendor| Status| Date Notified| Date Updated
IBM| | -| 28 Sep 2001
If you are a vendor and your product is affected, let us know.

CVSS Metrics

Group | Score | Vector
Base | N/A | N/A
Temporal | N/A | N/A
Environmental | N/A | N/A



This document was written by Cory F. Cohen.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: CVE-2000-1120
  • Date Public: 01 Dec 2000
  • Date First Published: 28 Sep 2001
  • Date Last Updated: 28 Sep 2001
  • Severity Metric: 5.36
  • Document Revision: 2