TITLE: IBM AIX "utape" Privilege Escalation Vulnerability
SECUNIA ADVISORY ID: SA22119
VERIFY ADVISORY: http://secunia.com/advisories/22119/
CRITICAL: Less critical
IMPACT: Privilege escalation
WHERE: Local system
OPERATING SYSTEM: AIX 5.x http://secunia.com/product/213/
DESCRIPTION: Two vulnerabilities has been reported in IBM AIX, which can be exploited by malicious, local users to gain escalated privileges.
The vulnerabilities are due to unspecified errors in the "utape" command. These can be exploited by users that have the "Diagnostics" role and are in the "system" group to overwrite arbitrary system files, or to execute arbitrary commands with root privileges.
SOLUTION: Apply Interim fixes until APARs are available.
Interim fix: ftp://aix.software.ibm.com/aix/efixes/security/utape_ifix.tar.Z
APAR for AIX 5.2.0: Apply IY88641 (available approx. 2006-10-18).
APAR for AIX 5.3.0: Apply IY88642 (available approx. 2006-11-01).
PROVIDED AND/OR DISCOVERED BY: Reported by the vendor.
ORIGINAL ADVISORY: IBM: http://www-1.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=isg1IY88641 http://www-1.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=isg1IY88642
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