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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
ESB-98.020 -- Sun Security Bulletin #00162
Vulnerability in volrmmount
11 February 1998
Sun Microsystems, Inc. has released the following advisory concerning a
vulnerability in the volrmmount program under Solaris 2.6. This
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Bulletin Number: #00162
Date: February 10, 1998
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1. Bulletins Topics
Sun announces the release of patches for Solaris(tm) 2.6 (SunOS(tm) 5.6)
which relate to a vulnerability in the volrmmount program.
Sun recommends that you install the patches listed in section 4
immediately on systems running SunOS 5.6.
2. Who is Affected
Vulnerable: SunOS versions 5.6, 5.6_x86
Not vulnerable: All other supported versions of SunOS.
3. Understanding the Vulnerability
The volrmmount(1) program is a setuid program that allows users to
simulate an insertion or ejection of removable media. A vulnerability
has been discovered in volrmount that may allow attackers, if exploited,
to view any file on the system and also to gain root access.
4. List of Patches
The following patches are available in relation to the above problem.
OS version Patch ID
SunOS 5.6 105407-01
SunOS 5.6_x86 105408-01
Sun acknowledges with thanks Marko Laakso (University of Oulu) for
his assistance in this matter.
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