Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.0 CPIO Archive O/F privileges management

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A vulnerability classified as problematic was found in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.0 (Operating System). This vulnerability affects an unknown part of the component CPIO Archive Handler. The manipulation of the argument O/F 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.

The weakness was shared 07/16/1996 as not defined posting (Bugtraq). The advisory is shared for download at This vulnerability was named CVE-1999-1572 since 01/27/2005. 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 scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 16300 (Debian DSA-664-1 : cpio - broken file permissions), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Debian Local Security Checks. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 117795 (CentOS Security Update for cpio (CESA-2005:806)).

Upgrading eliminates this vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at SecurityFocus (BID 12404), X-Force (19167), Secunia (SA14357), Vulnerability Center (SBV-7069) and Tenable (16300). Additional details are provided at The entry 24859 is related to this item.


  • Debian GNU Linux 3.0
  • FreeBSD 2.1.0
  • Madrakesoft Mandrake Linux up to 10.1
  • Ubuntu Linux 4.10





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

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Remote: No

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Nessus ID: 16300
Nessus Name: Debian DSA-664-1 : cpio - broken file permissions
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OpenVAS ID: 53495
OpenVAS Name: Debian Security Advisory DSA 664-1 (cpio)
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CVE: CVE-1999-1572 (🔍)

SecurityFocus: 12404 - CPIO Archiver Local Insecure File Creation Vulnerability
Secunia: 14357
X-Force: 19167 - GNU cpio -O archive option insecure permissions
Vulnerability Center: 7069 - GNU cpio on Various Linux Creates Files in Promiscuous Mode, Medium

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Created: 06/17/2014 05:12 PM
Updated: 03/12/2019 08:15 AM
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