super format string attack

super-format-string (16458) The risk level is classified as HighHigh Risk

Description:

super is vulnerable to a format string attack, caused by a vulnerability in the super.c and error.c files. A local attacker could exploit this vulnerability to execute arbitrary code on the system with root privileges.


Consequences:

Gain Privileges

Remedy:

Upgrade to the latest version of super (3.23.0 or later), available from the super Web page. See References.

For Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 (alias woody):
Upgrade to the latest super package (3.16.1-1.2 or later), as listed in DSA-522-1. See References.

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

References:

  • super Web page: Project details for super.
  • BID-10575: Super Local Format String Vulnerability
  • CVE-2004-0579: Format string vulnerability in super before 3.23 allows local users to execute arbitrary code as root.
  • DSA-522: super -- format string vulnerability
  • OSVDB ID: 7588: super Local Format String

Platforms Affected:

  • Debian Debian Linux 3.0
  • William Deich super 3.22.2 and prior

Reported:

Jun 19, 2004

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