[Full-disclosure] iDefense Security Advisory 10.11.06: Sun Microsystems Solaris NSPR Library Arbitrary File Creation Vulnerability

2006-10-12T00:00:00
ID SECURITYVULNS:DOC:14651
Type securityvulns
Reporter Securityvulns
Modified 2006-10-12T00:00:00

Description

Sun Microsystems Solaris NSPR Library Arbitrary File Creation Vulnerability

iDefense Security Advisory 10.11.06 http://www.idefense.com/intelligence/vulnerabilities/ Oct 11, 2006

I. BACKGROUND

The Netscape Portable Runtime (NSPR) API allows compliant applications to use system facilities such as threads, thread synchronization, I/O, interval timing, atomic operations and several other low-level services in a platform-independent manner. More information can be found on Mozilla's website at http://www.mozilla.org/projects/nspr/.

II. DESCRIPTION

Local exploitation of a design error vulnerability in version 4.6.1 of NSPR, as included with Sun Microsystems Solaris 10, allows attackers to create or overwrite arbitrary files on the system.

The problem exists because environment variables are used to create log files. Even when the program is setuid, users can specify a log file that will be created with elevated privileges.

III. ANALYSIS

Exploitation allows local attackers to elevate privileges to root.

IV. DETECTION

iDefense confirmed that Solaris 10 with NSPR version 4.6.1 is vulnerable to privilege escalation. Additionally, iDefense has also confirmed via the source code that version 4.6.2 does not address the vulnerability.

V. WORKAROUND

iDefense is currently unaware of any effective workaround for this issue.

VI. VENDOR RESPONSE

Sun Microsystems has addressed this issue with Sun Security Alert 102658 which can be found at: http://sunsolve.sun.com/search/document.do?assetkey=1-26-102658-1

VII. CVE INFORMATION

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the name CVE-2006-4842 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org), which standardizes names for security problems.

VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE

08/31/2006 Initial vendor notification 09/04/2006 Initial vendor response 10/11/2006 Coordinated public disclosure

IX. CREDIT

The discoverer of this vulnerability wishes to remain anonymous.

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X. LEGAL NOTICES

Copyright © 2006 iDefense, Inc.

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