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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
ESB-2007.0027 -- [Solaris]
Third-party Applications Using GSS-API May Be Vulnerable to Compromise
12 January 2007
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Publisher: Sun Microsystems
Operating System: Solaris 8, 9 and 10
Impact: Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands
CVE Names: CVE-2006-6144
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* Sun Alert ID: 102772
* Synopsis: Third-party Applications Using GSS-API May Be Vulnerable
* Category: Security
* Product: Solaris 9 Operating System, Solaris 10 Operating System,
Solaris 8 Operating System
* BugIDs: 6510866
* Avoidance: None
* State: Preliminary
* Date Released: 09-Jan-2007
* Date Closed:
* Date Modified: 10-Jan-2007
Third-party applications which utilize GSS-API and thus link to the
Generic Security Services library libgss(3LIB), may allow an
unauthenticated user (local or remote depending on the application)
the ability to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the
Note: Exploitation of this vulnerability is believed to be difficult.
No exploit code is known to exist at this time.
This issue is referenced in the following documents:
MITKRB5-SA-2006-003 - MIT krb5 Security Advisory 2006-003 at
CERT VU#831452 at http://www.kb.cert.org/vuls/id/831452
2. Contributing Factors
This issue can occur in the following releases:
* Solaris 8
* Solaris 9
* Solaris 10
* Solaris 8
* Solaris 9
* Solaris 10
1. This issue only affects applications which link against the
Generic Security Services library libgss(3LIB).
2. No applications shipped by Sun, including kadmind(1M), are
affected by this issue.
To determine if an application is linked against libgss(3LIB) the
following command can be run:
$ ldd application | grep libgss || echo "application not affected"
If output similar to the following is seen:
libgss.so.1 => /usr/lib/libgss.so.1
then the application links to libgss(3LIB) and may be affected by this
There are no reliable symptoms that would indicate this issue has been
exploited to execute arbitrary code with elevated privileges on a
There is no workaround for this issue.
A final resolution is pending completion.
* Updated Impact statement and URL
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