RE: spying (deleted) file entries in other users' directories

From: Maximiliano Pérez (
Date: 06/28/02

From: Maximiliano Pérez <>
To: "D.C. van Moolenbroek" <>, "FozZy" <>
Date: Fri, 28 Jun 2002 13:46:39 -0300

AIX 4.3.3, HPUX 11.00 and 10.20 , work this way.


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De: D.C. van Moolenbroek []
Enviado el: Monday, June 24, 2002 6:47 AM
Para: FozZy
Asunto: Re: spying (deleted) file entries in other users' directories

Hi there,

> I saw this for the first time 3 years ago on a SunOS system while doing
"cat /root" as a user. I don't know if current Sun systems are patched or

Solaris 8 is vulnerable at least, the scenario you attached works on Solaris
8 exactly the same way...don't know about Solaris 9. On a sidenote, IRIX is
not vulnerable.

$ uname -svr
SunOS 5.8 Generic_108528-14

Note that on my system, reading doesn't work on /tmp ("input error: Invalid
argument"); it seems to work on all other directories though. Generally I
suppose it's a bad idea to put something sensitive in a filename, but what
do the other bytes represent, that show up in the hexdump?


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