[VulnWatch] iDefense Security Advisory 02.07.06: QNX Neutrino RTOS phfont Race Condition Vulnerability
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QNX Neutrino RTOS phfont Race Condition Vulnerability
iDefense Security Advisory 02.07.06
February 7, 2006
QNX Software Systems Ltd.'s Neutrino RTOS (QNX) is a real-time operating
system designed for use in embedded systems. More information is
Local exploitation of a race condition vulnerability in QNX Neutrino
RTOS's (QNX) phfont command allows attackers to gain root privileges.
QNX Neutrino RTOS is a real-time operating system designed for use in
embedded systems. The problem specifically exists because phfont spawns
another command, phfontphf, without proper sanity checking. A local
attacker can create a malicious replacement for this command and cause
it to be executed in place of the original by manipulating the PHFONT
and PHOTON2_PATH environment variables. phfont is installed set user id
root by default.
Successful exploitation provides local attackers with super user
privileges on the affected system, allowing for complete control.
iDefense has confirmed the existence of these vulnerabilities in QNX
Neutrino RTOS version 6.2.1. Earlier versions are also suspected to be
susceptible to exploitation.
Clear the set user ID or execute bits from the affected binary or remove
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
The vendor has not responded to communication regarding this issue.
VII. CVE INFORMATION
A Mitre Corp. Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) number has not
been assigned yet.
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
09/29/2004 Initial vendor notification
02/07/2006 Public disclosure
Knud Hojgaard (http://kokanin.dtors.net) is credited with this discovery.
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