QNX RTOS could allow an attacker to gain local root privileges

qnx-rtos-gain-privileges (10564) The risk level is classified as HighHigh Risk


QNX RTOS could allow a local attacker to gain root privileges, caused by a vulnerability in the application packager, which fails to properly validate file paths. By default, the application packager is installed setuid root. A local attacker could create a specially-crafted "cp" command and set the PATH environment variable so that when the application packager executes, the specially-crafted "cp" command would then be executed on a directory created by the attacker. An attacker could use this vulnerability to gain root privileges on the system.


Gain Privileges


Upgrade to the latest version of QNX RTP (6.2.1 or later), when it becomes available from the QNX Software System Web site. See References.

As a workaround, remove the suid bit from the packager binary: chmod -s 'which packager'


  • iDEFENSE Security Advisory 11.08.02b: Non-Explicit Path Vulnerability in QNX Neutrino RTOS.
  • QNX Software System Web site: QNX Software Systems.
  • BID-6146: QNX RTOS Application Packager Non-Explicit Path Execution Vulnerability
  • CVE-2002-1239: QNX Neutrino RTOS 6.2.0 uses the PATH environment variable to find and execute the cp program while operating at raised privileges, which allows local users to gain privileges by modifying the PATH to point to a malicious cp program.
  • OSVDB ID: 12214: QNX Neutrino RTOS PATH Environment Variable Subversion Local Privilege Escalation

Platforms Affected:

  • QNX QNX Neutrino RTOS 6.2.0


Nov 08, 2002

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