Sun Solaris 5.4/5.5 ps Command privileges management

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A vulnerability classified as critical was found in Sun Solaris 5.4/5.5 (Operating System). This vulnerability affects some unknown functionality of the component ps Command. 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, integrity, and availability.

The weakness was presented 08/29/1995 by Scott Chasin (Website). The advisory is shared for download at This vulnerability was named CVE-1999-0164. The exploitation appears to be difficult. The attack needs to be approached locally. No form of authentication is required for a successful exploitation. There are neither technical details nor an exploit publicly 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 15 days. During that time the estimated underground price was around $5k-$25k.

Upgrading eliminates this vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at SecurityFocus (BID 80394), X-Force (420) and Vulnerability Center (SBV-55745).





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VulDB Meta Base Score: 7.4
VulDB Meta Temp Score: 7.1

VulDB Base Score: 7.4
VulDB Temp Score: 7.1
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Class: Privilege escalation
CWE: CWE-269
ATT&CK: Unknown

Local: Yes
Remote: No

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Status: Not defined

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08/14/1995 🔍
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08/29/1995 +15 days 🔍
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04/09/2004 +3145 days 🔍
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01/19/2016 +581 days 🔍
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Researcher: Scott Chasin
Status: Not defined

CVE: CVE-1999-0164 (🔍)
SecurityFocus: 80394 - SunOS CVE-1999-0164 Local Security Vulnerability
X-Force: 420
Vulnerability Center: 55745 - Sun Solaris 1.0, 2.3, 2.4 and 2.4_x86 Local File-Overwrite and Privilege Escalation due to a Race Condition in ps Command, High
OSVDB: 8346 - Solaris ps Command Symlink Arbitrary File Overwrite


Created: 06/17/2014 04:35 PM
Updated: 07/05/2018 08:59 AM
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