iDEFENSE Security Advisory 01.13.05: SGI IRIX inpview Design Error Vulnerability

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    SGI IRIX inpview Design Error Vulnerability

    iDEFENSE Security Advisory 01.13.05
    January 13, 2005


    The inpview program is a setuid root application that is included in the

    InPerson networked multimedia conferencing tool. InPerson networked
    multimedia conferencing tool is included in SGI IRIX.


    Local exploitation of a design error vulnerability in the inpview
    command included in multiple versions of Silicon Graphics Inc.'s IRIX
    could allow for arbitrary code execution as the root user.

    The vulnerability specifically exists due to the fact that inpview
    trusts the user environment and does not drop privileges. When the
    environment variable SUN_TTSESSION_CMD is something such as "cp /bin/jsh

    /tmp/jsh;chmod 6755 /tmp/jsh;killall -9 inpview," the chain of commands
    will be executed with root permissions, thus allowing a regular user to
    drop a setuid and setgid shell to /tmp.


    All that is required to exploit this vulnerability is a local account
    and an open X display, which could be the attacker's home machine or
    another compromised system. Exploitation does not require any knowledge
    of application internals, making privilege escalation trivial, even for
    unskilled attackers.


    iDEFENSE has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in SGI IRIX
    version 6.5.9 (feature) and 6.5.22 (maintenance). It is suspected that
    previous and later versions of both the feature and maintenance
    revisions of IRIX 6.5 are also vulnerable.


    Only allow trusted users local access to security critical systems.

    Alternately, remove the setuid bit from inpview:

       chmod u-s /usr/lib/InPerson/inpview


    Support for the InPerson product did not extend beyond 02/2002 as noted
    in the following publication:

    As a result, no patch will be issued for this vulnerability.


    A Mitre Corp. Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) number has not
    been assigned yet.


    01/06/2005 Initial vendor notification
    01/07/2005 Initial vendor response
    01/13/2005 Public disclosure


    iDEFENSE Labs is credited with this discovery.

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