HP HP-UX swinstall/swmodify privileges management

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A vulnerability, which was classified as critical, has been found in HP HP-UX (Operating System) (affected version not known). Affected by this issue is an unknown function of the component swinstall/swmodify. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a privileges management vulnerability. Using CWE to declare the problem leads to CWE-269. The software does not properly assign, modify, track, or check privileges for an actor, creating an unintended sphere of control for that actor. Impacted is confidentiality, integrity, and availability. CVE summarizes:

swinstall and swmodify commands in sd-ux package in hp-ux systems allow local users to create or overwrite arbitrary files to gain root access.

The bug was discovered 10/06/1996. The weakness was published 12/19/1996. This vulnerability is handled as CVE-1999-0127. The exploitation is known to be easy. Local access is required to approach this attack. No form of authentication is required for exploitation. The technical details are unknown and an exploit is not available. This vulnerability is assigned to T1068 by the MITRE ATT&CK project.

The vulnerability was handled as a non-public zero-day exploit for at least 74 days. During that time the estimated underground price was around $5k-$25k.

Upgrading eliminates this vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (1435) and Vulnerability Center (SBV-20895). Similar entries are available at 13794 and 13788.






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CPE 2.3info

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VulDB Meta Temp Score: 8.0

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Class: Privileges management
CWE: CWE-269 / CWE-266
ATT&CK: T1068

Local: Yes
Remote: No

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Status: Not defined

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Recommended: Upgrade
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10/06/1996 🔍
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12/19/1996 +74 days 🔍
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02/17/2009 +4443 days 🔍
06/17/2014 +1946 days 🔍
08/27/2019 +1897 days 🔍


Vendor: hp.com

Status: Not defined

CVE: CVE-1999-0127 (🔍)
X-Force: 1435
Vulnerability Center: 20895 - HP-UX 9.0 Through 10.24 SD-UX Package Local Data Manipulation and Root Access Vulnerability, High
SecurityFocus: 80399 - HP-UX CVE-1999-0127 Local Security Vulnerability
OSVDB: 5846 - HP-UX swinstall and swmodify programs allow any user to create files

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Created: 06/17/2014 06:03 PM
Updated: 08/27/2019 10:53 AM
Changes: 06/17/2014 06:03 PM (56), 08/27/2019 10:53 AM (5)
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