rdist Sendmail privileges management

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A vulnerability, which was classified as critical, was found in rdist. Affected is some unknown functionality of the component Sendmail. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a privilege escalation vulnerability. CWE is classifying the issue as CWE-269. This is going to have an impact on confidentiality, integrity, and availability. CVE summarizes:

rdist in various unix systems uses popen to execute sendmail which allows local users to gain root privileges by modifying the ifs (internal field separator) variable.

The weakness was presented 10/22/1991 by 8lgm (Website). The advisory is available at cert.org. This vulnerability is traded as CVE-1999-1468. The exploitability is told to be difficult. Local access is required to approach this attack. The exploitation doesn't require any form of authentication. The technical details are unknown and an exploit is not available.

After before and not just, there has been an exploit disclosed. The vulnerability was handled as a non-public zero-day exploit for at least 182 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 databases at SecurityFocus (BID 31) and X-Force (7160).


  • Sun SunOS 4.0.3/4.0.3 c/4.1/4.1 PSR_A/4.1.1
  • SGI IRIX 3.3/3.3.1/3.3.2/3.3.3/4.0
  • NeXT NeXTstep 2.0/2.1
  • Cray UNICOS 6.0/6.0 E/6.1



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VulDB Meta Base Score: 7.4
VulDB Meta Temp Score: 7.4

VulDB Base Score: 7.4
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Class: Privilege escalation
CWE: CWE-269
ATT&CK: Unknown

Local: Yes
Remote: No

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04/23/1991 🔍
10/22/1991 +182 days 🔍
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06/16/2014 +3720 days 🔍
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Advisory: cert.org
Researcher: 8lgm
Status: Not defined

CVE: CVE-1999-1468 (🔍)
SecurityFocus: 31 - Multiple Vendor rdist(1) Vulnerability (1991)
X-Force: 7160
OSVDB: 8106 - Multiple UNIX Vendor rdist popen IFS Variable Privilege Escalation


Created: 06/16/2014 03:30 PM
Updated: 04/03/2019 11:54 AM
Changes: (4) advisory_person_nickname exploit_date source_osvdb_create source_xforce
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