Sun Solaris passwd(1) allows elevated privileges

solaris-passwd-gain-privileges (15327) The risk level is classified as HighHigh Risk


Solaris could allow a local attacker to gain elevated privileges on the system, caused by a vulnerability in the passwd(1) command. A local attacker could use this vulnerability to gain elevated or root privileges on the system.


Gain Privileges


Apply the appropriate patch for your system, as listed below. Refer to Sun Alert ID: 57454 for more information. See References.

SPARC Platform:
Solaris 8 with patch: 108993-32 or later
Solaris 9 with patch: 113476-11 or later

x86 Platform:
Solaris 8 with patch: 108994-32 or later
Solaris 9 with patch: 114242-07 or later/P>


Platforms Affected:

  • Sun Solaris 8 x86
  • Sun Solaris 8 SPARC
  • Sun Solaris 9 x86
  • Sun Solaris 9 SPARC


Feb 26, 2004

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