IBM AIX digest command may lead to root access

aix-digest (7477) The risk level is classified as HighHigh Risk

Description:

The digest command accepts an input file of ASCII characters and converts it into a binary file. In IBM AIX, digest allows printq users to create or modify any file on the system. An attacker could modify specific files to gain root access to the system.


Consequences:

Gain Access

Remedy:

Upgrade to the latest version of IBM AIX (4.3.2 or later), as listed in IBM Global Services Managed Security Services Outside Advisory Redistribution MSS-OAR-E01-2001:339.2. See References.

— OR —

For IBM AIX 4.1:
Apply APAR IX74457 patch, as listed in IBM Global Services Managed Security Services Outside Advisory Redistribution MSS-OAR-E01-2001:339.2. See References.

For IBM AIX 4.2:
Apply APAR IX76272 patch, as listed in IBM Global Services Managed Security Services Outside Advisory Redistribution MSS-OAR-E01-2001:339.2. See References.

For IBM AIX 4.3:
Apply APAR IX74599 patch, as listed in IBM Global Services Managed Security Services Outside Advisory Redistribution MSS-OAR-E01-2001:339.2. See References.

References:

Platforms Affected:

  • IBM AIX 4.1
  • IBM AIX 4.2
  • IBM AIX 4.3

Reported:

Jan 21, 1998

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