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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
ESB-2000.153 -- CIAC Bulletin K-052
AIX cdmount Vulnerability
26 June 2000
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Operating System: AIX
Impact: Root Compromise
Access Required: Local
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The U.S. Department of Energy
Computer Incident Advisory Capability
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AIX cdmount Vulnerability
June 21, 2000 21:00 GMT Number K-052
PROBLEM: The cdmount program allows regular users to mount CD-ROM
filesystems. A malicious user could execute cdmount giving
commands containing shell metacharacters.
PLATFORM: AIX systems with the LPP UMS.objects 126.96.36.199 and below
DAMAGE: A malicious user can run arbitrary commands, as root, through
shell metacharacter command manipulation.
SOLUTION: IBM is currently working on the issue in APAR 4.3x: IY10903
(Authorized Problem Analysis Report). Apply one of the
temporary fixes, as suggested by the advisory.
VULNERABILITY The risk is MEDIUM. The capability currently exists for root
ASSESSMENT: command execution.
CIAC wishes to acknowledge the contributions of Internet Security Systems (ISS)
for the information contained in this bulletin.
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K-049: Microsoft IE "SSL Certificate Validation" Vulnerability
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