Multiple vendor BSD platforms allows elevated privileges

bsd-shmat-gain-privileges (15061) The risk level is classified as HighHigh Risk


Multiple vendor BSD platforms could allow a local attacker to gain elevated privileges on the system, caused by improper incrimination of a shared memory segment's reference count by the shmat function in the System V Shared Memory interface. A local attacker could exploit this vulnerability to obtain sensitive information or gain elevated privileges on the vulnerable system.


Gain Privileges


For FreeBSD:
Upgrade to the latest version of FreeBSD (RELENG_4, RELENG_5_2, 5.2-RELEASE-p2, RELENG_5_1, 5.1-RELEASE-p14, RELENG_5_0, 5.0-RELEASE-p20, RELENG_4_9, 4.9-RELEASE-p2, RELENG_4_8, 4.8-RELEASE-p15, RELENG_4_7, 4.7-RELEASE-p25), as listed in FreeBSD Security Advisory FreeBSD-SA-04:02.shmat. See References.

For OpenBSD 3.4:
Apply the 010_sysvshm.patch, available from the OpenBSD 3.4 errata Web site. See References.

For OpenBSD 3.3:
Apply the 015_sysvshm.patch, available from the OpenBSD 3.4 errata Web site. See References.

For NetBSD:
Upgrade to the appropriate fixed versions of NetBSD, as listed in NetBSD Security Advisory 2004-004. See References.

For other distributions:
Contact your vendor for upgrade or patch information.


Platforms Affected:

  • FreeBSD FreeBSD
  • NetBSD NetBSD 1.5
  • NetBSD NetBSD 1.5.1
  • NetBSD NetBSD 1.5.2
  • NetBSD NetBSD 1.5.3
  • NetBSD NetBSD 1.6
  • NetBSD NetBSD 1.6.1
  • OpenBSD OpenBSD 3.x


Feb 05, 2004

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