SGI IRIX up to 6.2 searchbook Local Privilege Escalation

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A vulnerability has been found in SGI IRIX up to 6.2 (Operating System) and classified as problematic. Affected by this vulnerability is an unknown function of the component searchbook. As an impact it is known to affect confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

The issue has been introduced in 03/01/1993. The weakness was presented 12/05/1996 by Hoss Firooznia (FIRST) with SGI (Website). It is possible to read the advisory at The public release was coordinated in cooperation with SGI. This vulnerability is known as CVE-1999-1401. The exploitation appears to be easy. Attacking locally is a requirement. The exploitation doesn't need any form of authentication. The technical details are unknown and an exploit is not publicly available.

After 1 days, there has been an exploit disclosed. The vulnerability was handled as a non-public zero-day exploit for at least 1375 days. During that time the estimated underground price was around $0-$5k.

Upgrading to version 6.3 eliminates this vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at SecurityFocus (BID 463) and X-Force (7575). See 13780 for similar entry.





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VulDB Meta Base Score: 5.9
VulDB Meta Temp Score: 5.7

VulDB Base Score: 5.9
VulDB Temp Score: 5.7
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Class: Unknown
CWE: Unknown
ATT&CK: Unknown

Local: Yes
Remote: No

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Recommended: Upgrade
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Upgrade: IRIX 6.3


03/01/1993 🔍
12/05/1996 +1375 days 🔍
12/05/1996 +0 days 🔍
12/05/1996 +0 days 🔍
12/06/1996 +1 days 🔍
04/09/2004 +2680 days 🔍
06/17/2014 +3721 days 🔍
04/11/2019 +1759 days 🔍



Researcher: Hoss Firooznia (FIRST)
Organization: SGI
Status: Not defined
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CVE: CVE-1999-1401 (🔍)
SecurityFocus: 463 - IRIX searchbook Vulnerability
X-Force: 7575
OSVDB: 8563 - IRIX Desktop searchbook Insecure Permission Privilege Escalation

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Created: 06/17/2014 05:57 PM
Updated: 04/11/2019 09:14 AM
Changes: (1) advisory_person_nickname
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