SGI IRIX 5.1/5.2 SGI Help System sgihelp privileges management

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A vulnerability was found in SGI IRIX 5.1/5.2 (Operating System) and classified as critical. This issue affects an unknown function of the file sgihelp of the component SGI Help System. 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 bug was discovered 08/01/1994. The weakness was published 08/10/1994 by FIRST with CERT as not defined advisory (AUSCERT). The advisory is shared at The identification of this vulnerability is CVE-1999-1219. The exploitation is known to be easy. An attack has to be approached locally. No form of authentication is needed for a successful exploitation. Technical details are known, but no exploit is available.

The vulnerability was handled as a non-public zero-day exploit for at least 343 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 468), X-Force (511) and Vulnerability Center (SBV-13176). Similar entries are available at 13687 and 13684.





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VulDB Meta Base Score: 8.4
VulDB Meta Temp Score: 8.4

VulDB Base Score: 8.4
VulDB Temp Score: 8.4
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Class: Privilege escalation
CWE: CWE-269
ATT&CK: Unknown

Local: Yes
Remote: No

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09/01/1993 🔍
08/01/1994 +334 days 🔍
08/10/1994 +9 days 🔍
08/11/1994 +1 days 🔍
08/11/1994 +0 days 🔍
12/02/1996 +844 days 🔍
11/29/2006 +3649 days 🔍
06/17/2014 +2757 days 🔍
08/11/2017 +1151 days 🔍
07/11/2019 +699 days 🔍



Researcher: FIRST
Organization: CERT
Status: Not defined

CVE: CVE-1999-1219 (🔍)
SecurityFocus: 468 - IRIX sgihelp Vulnerability
X-Force: 511
Vulnerability Center: 13176 - SGI IRIX 5.2 and Earlier Help System and Print Manager Local Privilege Escalation, Medium
OSVDB: 8558 - SGI help system and print manager can lead to root access

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Created: 06/17/2014 01:23 PM
Updated: 07/11/2019 09:57 AM
Changes: (3) vulnerability_discoverydate source_osvdb source_osvdb_title
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