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iDefense Security Advisory 11.02.07: Sun Microsystems Solaris srsexec Format String Vulnerability
iDefense Security Advisory 11.02.07
Nov 02, 2007
The srsexec utility is part of the SRS Proxy Core package that is
available with Solaris 10. This package is used to monitor the
performance of clients running Solaris from a centralized
administrative console. This software would be installed on all of the
client machines being monitored and is set-uid root by default. More
information is available at the vendor's site.
Local exploitation of a format string vulnerability in the srsexec
binary, optionally included in Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Solaris 10,
allows attackers to execute arbitrary code with root privileges.
The vulnerability exists since attacker supplied data is passed directly
to the syslog() function as the format string. This allows an attacker
to overwrite arbitrary memory with arbitrary data, and can result in
the execution of arbitrary code with root privileges.
Exploitation results in the execution of arbitrary code with root
privileges. In order to exploit this vulnerability, an attacker must
have the ability to execute the set-uid root binary.
The SRS Proxy Core package is not installed by default, but it is a
iDefense has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in Solaris 10
with the SUNWsrspx package installed. In order to determine if this
package is installed, an administrator can execute the following
If this command returns 'ERROR: information for "SUNWsrspx" was not
found', then the system does not have the affected package installed
and is not vulnerable.
To prevent exploitation of this vulnerability, remove the set-uid bit
from the srsexec binary as shown below.
# chmod -s /opt/SUNWsrspx/bin/srsexec
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
Sun Microsystems has addressed this vulnerability by releasing patches.
For more information, consult Sun Alert 103119 at the following URL.
VII. CVE INFORMATION
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2007-3880 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org/), which standardizes names for
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
07/18/2007 Initial vendor notification
07/18/2007 Initial vendor response
11/02/2007 Public disclosure
This vulnerability was discovered by Sean Larsson of VeriSign iDefense
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