Linux-VServer allows elevated privileges

linux-vserver-gain-privileges (15073) The risk level is classified as HighHigh Risk


Linux-VServer could allow a local attacker to gain elevated privileges on the system. The chmod function fails to properly apply the chmod 000 restriction for VServer directories. A local attacker, with root privileges, could exploit this vulnerability to escape a chrooted VServer and gain unauthorized access to the vulnerable system.


Gain Privileges


Upgrade to the latest version of Linux-VServer (1.26 or later), available from the Linux-VServer Web site. See References.


  • BugTraq Mailing List, Fri Feb 06 2004 - 01:58:01 CST: Linux 2.4.24 with vserver 1.24 exploit.
  • Linux-VServer ChangeLog Web page: vs1.25 [2004.02.06].
  • Linux-VServer Web site: Linux-VServer.
  • BID-9596: Linux VServer Project CHRoot Breakout Vulnerability
  • CVE-2003-1288: Multiple race conditions in Linux-VServer 1.22 with Linux kernel 2.4.23 and SMP allow local users to cause a denial of service (kernel oops) via unknown attack vectors related to the (1) s_info and (2) ip_info data structures and the (a) forget_original_parent, (b) goodness, (c) schedule, (d) update_process_times, and (e) vc_new_s_context functions.
  • CVE-2004-2073: Linux-VServer 1.24 allows local users with root privileges on a virtual server to gain access to the filesystem outside the virtual server via a modified chroot-again exploit using the chmod command.
  • OSVDB ID: 3875: Linux VServer Chroot Escape
  • OSVDB ID: 7587: VServer Unspecified SMP Race Condition
  • SA10816: Linux VServer Chroot Escape Vulnerability

Platforms Affected:

  • VServer Linux-VServer prior to 1.25


Feb 06, 2004

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