TFTP Server privileges management

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A vulnerability, which was classified as very critical, has been found in TFTP Server (File Transfer Software) (unknown version). This issue affects an unknown functionality. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a privilege escalation vulnerability. Using CWE to declare the problem leads to CWE-269. Impacted is confidentiality, integrity, and availability. The summary by CVE is:

tftp is not running in a restricted directory allowing a remote attacker to access sensitive information such as password files.

The weakness was disclosed 09/27/1991. The identification of this vulnerability is CVE-1999-0498. The exploitation is known to be easy. The attack may be initiated remotely. No form of authentication is needed for a successful exploitation. Neither technical details nor an exploit are publicly available. The price for an exploit might be around USD $0-$5k at the moment (estimation calculated on 01/31/2019).

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 18262 (TFTP Traversal Arbitrary File Access), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Misc. and running in the context remote.

Upgrading eliminates this vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at SecurityFocus (BID 6198), Vulnerability Center (SBV-1893) and Tenable (18262). The entries 13973, 19995, 46098 and 46068 are pretty similar.




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VulDB Meta Base Score: 9.8
VulDB Meta Temp Score: 9.4

VulDB Base Score: 9.8
VulDB Temp Score: 9.4
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Class: Privilege escalation
CWE: CWE-269
ATT&CK: Unknown

Local: No
Remote: Yes

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Nessus ID: 18262
Nessus Name: TFTP Traversal Arbitrary File Access
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OpenVAS ID: 18262
OpenVAS Name: get_kb_item(tftp/+port+/filename/+i
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Recommended: Upgrade
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Status: Not defined

CVE: CVE-1999-0498 (🔍)
SecurityFocus: 6198
Vulnerability Center: 1893 - TFTP Allows Access to Sensitive Files, Low

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Created: 06/16/2014 03:30 PM
Updated: 01/31/2019 01:25 PM
Changes: (3) source_securityfocus source_mcafee_ips_id source_mcafee_ips_version
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