SGI IRIX 5.1/5.1.1/5.2/6.0/6.0.1 colorview text information disclosure

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A vulnerability has been found in SGI IRIX 5.1/5.1.1/5.2/6.0/6.0.1 (Operating System) and classified as problematic. This vulnerability affects some unknown processing of the component colorview. The manipulation of the argument text with an unknown input leads to a information disclosure vulnerability. The CWE definition for the vulnerability is CWE-200. As an impact it is known to affect confidentiality. CVE summarizes:

colorview in silicon graphics irix 5.1 5.2 and 6.0 allows local attackers to read arbitrary files via the -text argument.

The issue has been introduced in 09/01/1993. The weakness was shared 08/09/1994 by Dave Sill as not defined posting (Bugtraq). The advisory is shared for download at This vulnerability was named CVE-1999-1494. 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 342 days. During that time the estimated underground price was around $0-$5k.

Upgrading eliminates this vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the vulnerability database at X-Force (2112). The entries 13687 and 13685 are related to this item.

Not Affectededit

  • SGI IRIX 5.3





CPE 2.3infoedit

CPE 2.2infoedit


VulDB Meta Base Score: 4.0
VulDB Meta Temp Score: 3.8

VulDB Base Score: 4.0
VulDB Temp Score: 3.8
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Class: Information disclosure
CWE: CWE-200
ATT&CK: Unknown

Local: Yes
Remote: No

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09/01/1993 🔍
08/09/1994 +342 days 🔍
08/09/1994 +0 days 🔍
02/09/1995 +184 days 🔍
06/17/2014 +7068 days 🔍
04/11/2019 +1759 days 🔍



Researcher: Dave Sill
Status: Not defined

CVE: CVE-1999-1494 (🔍)
X-Force: 2112
SecurityFocus: 336 - IRIX colorview Vulnerability

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Created: 06/17/2014 01:21 PM
Updated: 04/11/2019 09:25 AM
Changes: (4) advisory_url source_securityfocus_date source_securityfocus_class source_xforce
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