ftpcd 1 Root Command privileges management

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A vulnerability has been found in ftpcd 1 and classified as critical. This vulnerability affects an unknown code of the component Root Command. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a privilege escalation vulnerability. The CWE definition for the vulnerability is CWE-269. As an impact it is known to affect confidentiality, integrity, and availability. CVE summarizes:

cwd ~root command in ftpd allows root access.

The weakness was disclosed 11/11/1988 (Website). The advisory is shared for download at alw.nih.gov. This vulnerability was named CVE-1999-0082. The exploitation appears to be easy. The attack can be initiated remotely. A single authentication is needed for exploitation. Technical details are unknown but an exploit is available. The current price for an exploit might be approx. USD $0-$5k (estimation calculated on 01/31/2019). This vulnerability has a historic impact due to its background and reception.

It is declared as proof-of-concept. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 10083 (FTP 'CWD ~root' Command Privilege Escalation), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family FTP and running in the context remote.

Upgrading eliminates this vulnerability.Proper firewalling of tcp/21 (ftp) is able to address this issue. The best possible mitigation is suggested to be upgrading to the latest version. Attack attempts may be identified with Snort ID 336. Furthermore it is possible to detect and prevent this kind of attack with TippingPoint and the filter 645.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (54), Vulnerability Center (SBV-208) and Tenable (10083). Additional details are provided at cert.org.



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Class: Privilege escalation
CWE: CWE-269
ATT&CK: Unknown

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Remote: Yes

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Status: Proof-of-Concept

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Nessus ID: 10083
Nessus Name: FTP 'CWD ~root' Command Privilege Escalation
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Snort ID: 336
Snort Message: PROTOCOL-FTP CWD ~root attempt
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Advisory: alw.nih.gov
Status: Confirmed

CVE: CVE-1999-0082 (🔍)
X-Force: 54
Vulnerability Center: 208 - CWD Ftp Root Access, High

scip Labs: https://www.scip.ch/en/?labs.20161013
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Created: 06/16/2014 03:16 PM
Updated: 01/31/2019 01:25 PM
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