ISS Protection Brief: Sun Solaris printd arbitrary file deletion

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Date: 08/23/05

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    Internet Security Systems Protection Alert
    22 August 2005

    Sun Solaris printd arbitrary file deletion

    ISS X-Force is tracking a vulnerability within the Sun Solaris printd daemon
    and a corresponding exploit that is now publicly available. Sun Solaris
    versions 7, 8, 9, and 10 could allow a local or remote attacker to delete
    arbitrary files on a system caused by a vulnerability in the printd daemon. The
    print daemon is installed by default and usually with root privileges. A remote
    or local attacker could exploit this vulnerability and delete arbitrary files,
    including system files.

    Business Impact:
    The Sun Solaris printd daemon is the default printing service for the Solaris
    operating system and can typically be found on all systems following a standard
    installation. By successfully exploiting this vulnerability an attacker
    is able to delete arbitrary files on a vulnerable system. In doing so, an
    attacker may cause the system to fail dramatically and lead to a loss of service.
    With selective deletion of files, it may be possible for an attacker to leverage
    the missing files to exploit other, older vulnerabilities, which would
    provide interactive access to the vulnerable system. The vulnerable printd service
    is typically installed with root permissions; thereby allowing the attacker to
    delete any system file accessible to that account.


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