Vixie Cron Library 3.0 Environment Variable memory corruption

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A vulnerability was found in Vixie Cron Library 3.0 (Software Library). It has been rated as critical. This issue affects an unknown code of the component Environment Variable Handler. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a memory corruption vulnerability. Using CWE to declare the problem leads to CWE-119. Impacted is confidentiality, integrity, and availability. The summary by CVE is:

buffer overflow in vixie cron library up to version 3.0 allows local users to obtain root access via a long environmental variable.

The weakness was disclosed 12/12/1996. The identification of this vulnerability is CVE-1999-0297. The exploitation is known to be easy. Attacking locally is a requirement. No form of authentication is needed for a successful exploitation. The technical details are unknown and an exploit is not publicly available.

There is no information about possible countermeasures known. It may be suggested to replace the affected object with an alternative product.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (3124) and Vulnerability Center (SBV-56672).





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VulDB Meta Base Score: 9.3
VulDB Meta Temp Score: 9.3

VulDB Base Score: 9.3
VulDB Temp Score: 9.3
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Class: Memory corruption
CWE: CWE-119
ATT&CK: Unknown

Local: Yes
Remote: No

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Status: Not defined

CVE: CVE-1999-0297 (🔍)
X-Force: 3124
Vulnerability Center: 56672 - Vixie Cron through 3.0 Local Privilege Escalation Vulnerability, Medium
SecurityFocus: 83073 - NetBSD CVE-1999-0297 Local Security Vulnerability


Created: 06/17/2014 06:00 PM
Updated: 08/23/2018 08:15 AM
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