SGI IRIX 3.3/3.3.1 usr/sbin/mail privileges management

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A vulnerability was found in SGI IRIX 3.3/3.3.1 (Operating System). It has been declared as problematic. This vulnerability affects some unknown functionality of the file usr/sbin/mail. 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. CVE summarizes:

/usr/sbin/mail on sgi irix 3.3 and 3.3.1 does not properly set the group id to the group id of the user who started mail which allows local users to read the mail of other users.

The issue has been introduced in 06/01/1990. The weakness was shared 10/31/1990 (Website). The advisory is shared for download at This vulnerability was named CVE-1999-1554. The exploitation appears to be easy. The attack needs to be approached locally. No form of authentication is required for a successful exploitation. There are known technical details, but no exploit is available.

The vulnerability was handled as a non-public zero-day exploit for at least 152 days. During that time the estimated underground price was around $0-$5k.

There is no information about possible countermeasures known. It may be suggested to replace the affected object with an alternative product.

The vulnerability is also documented in the vulnerability database at SecurityFocus (BID 13).





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

Local: Yes
Remote: No

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Status: Not defined

CVE: CVE-1999-1554 (🔍)
SecurityFocus: 13 - IRIX /usr/sbin/Mail Vulnerability


Created: 06/16/2014 03:30 PM
Updated: 04/11/2019 11:26 AM
Changes: (3) advisory_url source_securityfocus_date source_securityfocus_class
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