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Subject: Catman file clobbering vulnerability Solaris 2.x
From: Larry W. Cashdollar (lwcVAPID.DHS.ORG)
Date: Mon Dec 18 2000 - 22:52:29 CST

                    Solaris 2.7/2.8 catman temp file vulnerability.

                                 Larry W. Cashdollar
                                     Vapid Labs

Date Published: 12/18/2000

Advisory ID: 11242000-02

Risk: Low

Title: catman temp file vulnerability.

Class: insecure temp file handling.

Remotely Exploitable: no

Locally Exploitable: Yes

Vulnerability Description:

  Through the use of symlinking temporary files created by /usr/bin/catman
upon execution by root a local user can clobber root owned files.

Vulnerable Packages/Systems: Solaris 2.x Sparc/x86

Solution/Vendor Information/Workaround:

  The vendor is currently working on releasing a patch. See references
section for Vendor contact information.

Sun BugID: 4392144

Vendor notified on: 11/23/2000


  I alerted sun to this issue 11/23/2000 they responded 11/24/2000. Kudos
to the Sun Engineering group. This response time should be a model to
other vendors.

Technical Description:

  The catman command creates preformatted versions of the online
manual. It also creates the windex database for utilities like apropos
and whatis. The problem lies with catman creating a temporary file in
/tmp, the file has the form of /tmp/sman_pidofcatman. An attacker can
monitor the process list for the execution of catman and create a symlink
to a root owned file. catman will upon execution overwrite the contents
of that file. This is a new bug for catman and is not addressed in the
current patch cluster for Solaris 2.7 Sparc.

Exploit/Concept Code: see attachments.


        Sun Microsystems.

        Vapid Labs.
        Email: Larry W. Cashdollar <lwcvapid.betteros.org>


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Ver 2.4 11/29/2000