Red Hat Linux 2.1 abuse.console privileges management

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A vulnerability was found in Red Hat Linux 2.1 (Operating System). It has been classified as critical. Affected is some unknown functionality of the component abuse.console. 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:

abuse.console in red hat 2.1 uses relative pathnames to find and execute the undrv program which allows local users to execute arbitrary commands via a path that points to a trojan horse program.

The issue has been introduced in 11/23/1995. The weakness was disclosed 02/22/1996 by David J Meltzer (FIRST) (Bugtraq). The advisory is available at marc.theaimsgroup.com. This vulnerability is traded as CVE-1999-1491. The exploitability is told to be easy. 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.

The vulnerability was handled as a non-public zero-day exploit for at least 71 days. During that time the estimated underground price was around $5k-$25k.

Upgrading eliminates this vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the vulnerability database at SecurityFocus (BID 354).

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

Local: Yes
Remote: No

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Vendor: https://www.redhat.com/

Advisory: marc.theaimsgroup.com
Researcher: David J Meltzer (FIRST)
Status: Not defined

CVE: CVE-1999-1491 (🔍)
SecurityFocus: 354 - RedHat 2.1 abuse.console Vulnerability

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Created: 06/17/2014 04:49 PM
Updated: 04/15/2019 07:28 AM
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