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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
ESB-2003.0611 -- Sun(sm) Alert Notification
SunAlert: 52111 Security Issue with the newtask(1)
04 September 2003
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Publisher: Sun Microsystems
Operating System: Solaris 9
Impact: Root Compromise
Access Required: Existing Account
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DOCUMENT ID: 52111
SYNOPSIS: On Solaris 9, a Security Issue with the newtask(1) Command
May Lead to Unathorized Root Access
Sun(sm) Alert Notification
* Sun Alert ID: 52111
* Synopsis: On Solaris 9 a Security Issue with the newtask(1)
Command May Lead to Unauthorized Root Access
* Category: Security
* Product: Solaris
* BugIDs: 4798119
* Avoidance: Patch
* State: Resolved
* Date Released: 28-Mar-2003
* Date Closed: 28-Mar-2003
* Date Modified:
A local unprivileged user may be able to gain unauthorized root access
due to a security issue with the newtask(1) command in Solaris 9.
2. Contributing Factors
This issue can occur in the following releases:
* Solaris 9 without patch 114713-01
* Solaris 9 without patch 114714-01
Notes: Solaris 2.6 and 7 do not have the newtask(1) command and are
therefore not affected by this issue.
Solaris 8 is not affected by this issue.
There are no predictable symptoms that would show the described
problem has been exploited to gain root privileges.
To work around the described issue, remove the setuid bit from
# chmod u-s /usr/bin/sparcv7/newtask
# chmod u-s /usr/bin/sparcv9/newtask
# chmod u-s /usr/bin/i86/newtask
Note: removing the set-user-ID bit from the "newtask" binary will
prevent unprivileged users from using the "newtask" command.
This issue is addressed in the following releases:
* Solaris 9 with patch 114713-01 or later
* Solaris 9 with patch 114714-01 or later
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