wu-ftpd 2.4 site exec Command privileges management

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A vulnerability was found in wu-ftpd 2.4 (File Transfer Software). It has been rated as critical. This issue affects some unknown functionality of the component site exec Command. 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:

certain configurations of wu-ftp ftp server 2.4 use a _path_execpath setting to a directory with dangerous commands such as /bin which allows remote authenticated users to gain root access via the "site exec" command.

The weakness was published 11/30/1995 by Olaf Kirch. The identification of this vulnerability is CVE-1999-0080. The exploitation is known to be easy. The attack may be initiated remotely. No form of authentication is needed for a successful exploitation. The technical details are unknown and an exploit is not publicly available.

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 10090 (WU-FTPD SITE EXEC Arbitrary Local Command Execution), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family FTP and running in the context remote.

Upgrading eliminates this vulnerability. Attack attempts may be identified with Snort ID 361.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at SecurityFocus (BID 2241), X-Force (618), Vulnerability Center (SBV-207) and Tenable (10090). Similar entry is available at 13986.




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Class: Privilege escalation
CWE: CWE-269
ATT&CK: Unknown

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Remote: Yes

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Nessus ID: 10090
Nessus Name: WU-FTPD SITE EXEC Arbitrary Local Command Execution
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Snort ID: 361
Snort Message: PROTOCOL-FTP SITE EXEC attempt
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Suricata ID: 2100361
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Researcher: Olaf Kirch
Status: Not defined

CVE: CVE-1999-0080 (🔍)
SecurityFocus: 2241 - wu-ftpd /bin SITE EXEC Misconfiguration Vulnerability
X-Force: 618
Vulnerability Center: 207 - wu-ftpd /bin SITE EXEC Misconfiguration Vulnerability, High

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Created: 06/17/2014 04:43 PM
Updated: 05/05/2019 03:45 PM
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