VMS Monitor could allow a local attacker to gain elevated privileges

vms-monitor-gain-privileges (7136) The risk level is classified as HighHigh Risk


Digital Equipment Corporation's VMS Monitor utility could allow a local attacker with authorized access to the system to gain elevated privileges.


Gain Privileges


Upgrade to the latest version of VMS (5.4-3 or later), as listed in CERT Advisory CA-1992-18. See References.


  • CERT Advisory CA-1992-18: Revised VMS Monitor Vulnerability.
  • BID-51: VMS Monitor Vulnerability
  • CVE-1999-1395: Vulnerability in Monitor utility (SYS$SHARE:SPISHR.EXE) in VMS 5.0 through 5.4-2 allows local users to gain privileges.
  • OSVDB ID: 59332: VMS Monitor Utility (SYS$SHARE:SPISHR.EXE) Local Privilege Escalation

Platforms Affected:

  • HP OpenVMS 5.0
  • HP OpenVMS 5.0.1
  • HP OpenVMS 5.0.2
  • HP OpenVMS 5.1
  • HP OpenVMS 5.1.1
  • HP OpenVMS 5.1.2
  • HP OpenVMS 5.1B
  • HP OpenVMS 5.2
  • HP OpenVMS 5.2.1
  • HP OpenVMS 5.3
  • HP OpenVMS 5.3.1
  • HP OpenVMS 5.3.2
  • HP OpenVMS 5.4
  • HP OpenVMS 5.4.1
  • HP OpenVMS 5.4.2


Nov 17, 1992

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