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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
ESB-2007.0313 -- [Solaris]
Sun Microsystems Solaris SRS Proxy Core srsexec Arbitrary
File Read Vulnerability
11 May 2007
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: SRS Proxy Core
Operating System: Solaris 10
Impact: Access Privileged Data
Access: Existing Account
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Sun Microsystems Solaris SRS Proxy Core srsexec Arbitrary File Read
iDefense Security Advisory 05.10.07
May 10, 2007
The srsexec utility is part of the SRS Proxy Core package that is
available with Solaris 10. It is installed setuid root by default. For
more information about this software, visit the following URL.
Local exploitation of a design error vulnerability in the srsexec binary
optionally included in Sun Microsystems Inc., Solaris 10 allows
attackers to gain access to sensitive information, such as the root
The vulnerability specifically exists because of a failure to drop
permissions or check the permissions on the file specified for the
target file. If a user specified verify only mode (-v) as well as debug
mode (-d), and specified a protected file such as /etc/shadow, srsexec
will display the first line of /etc/shadow in the debug messages. The
following demonstrates a sample exploitation session:
$ /opt/SUNWsrspx/bin/srsexec -dvb /etc/shadow OWNED
srsexec: binary_name: OWNED
srsexec: name_buf: OWNED_______________
binaries file line: root:omhyabndnAtNw:6
binaries file line: :6445::::::
Security verification failed for binary: OWNED
see SYSLOG(/var/adm/messages) for errors
Exploitation of this vulnerability allows attackers to gain access to
the root password hash or other sensitive information.
In order to exploit this vulnerability, an attacker must have local user
access to the system.
iDefense has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in Solaris 10
with the SUNWsrspx package installed. In order to determine if this
package is installed, an administrator can execute the following
# pkginfo SUNWsrspx
If this command returns 'ERROR: information for "SUNWsrspx" was not
found', then the system does not have the affected package installed
and is not vulnerable.
Remove the setuid bit from the srsexec binary:
# chmod -s /opt/SUNWsrspx/bin/srsexec
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
Sun Microsystems has addressed this vulnerability with a patch release.
For more information, consult Sun Alert ID 102891 at the following URL.
VII. CVE INFORMATION
A Mitre Corp. Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) number has not
been assigned yet.
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
11/07/2006 Initial vendor notification
11/10/2006 Initial vendor response
05/10/2007 Coordinated public disclosure
The discoverer of this vulnerability wishes to remain anonymous.
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