IBM AIX 4.3.3 Linker Argument template.dhcpo privileges management

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A vulnerability, which was classified as very critical, has been found in IBM AIX 4.3.3 (Operating System). Affected by this issue is an unknown code block of the file template.dhcpo of the component Linker Argument Handler. 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:

Vulnerability in template.dhcpo in AIX 4.3.3 related to an insecure linker argument.

The issue has been introduced in 09/01/1999. The weakness was disclosed 08/12/2002 (Website). The advisory is shared for download at This vulnerability is handled as CVE-2002-0746. The exploitation is known to be easy. The attack may be launched remotely. No form of authentication is required for exploitation. There are known technical details, but no exploit is available. The current price for an exploit might be approx. USD $0-$5k (estimation calculated on 06/27/2021). It is expected to see the exploit prices for this product decreasing in the near future.The MITRE ATT&CK project declares the attack technique as T1068.

The vulnerability was handled as a non-public zero-day exploit for at least 1076 days. During that time the estimated underground price was around $5k-$25k. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 17702 (OpenSSH < 3.6.1p2 Multiple Vulnerabilities), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Denial of Service.

Upgrading to version 5.1 eliminates this vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (4220) and Tenable (17702). The entries 18628, 18629, 18630 and 18631 are pretty similar.






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CPE 2.3info

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VulDB Meta Base Score: 9.8
VulDB Meta Temp Score: 9.4

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

Local: No
Remote: Yes

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Nessus ID: 17702
Nessus Name: OpenSSH < 3.6.1p2 Multiple Vulnerabilities
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Recommended: Upgrade
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Upgrade: AIX 5.1


09/01/1999 🔍
08/12/2002 +1076 days 🔍
08/12/2002 +0 days 🔍
08/12/2002 +0 days 🔍
05/18/2009 +2471 days 🔍
11/18/2011 +914 days 🔍
07/22/2014 +977 days 🔍
06/27/2021 +2532 days 🔍



Status: Not defined

CVE: CVE-2002-0746 (🔍)
X-Force: 4220
Vulnerability Center: 22062 - IBM AIX 4.3.3 Template.dhcpo Insecure Linker Argument Vulnerability, High

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Created: 07/22/2014 11:15 PM
Updated: 06/27/2021 02:38 PM
Changes: 07/22/2014 11:15 PM (59), 01/14/2018 10:26 AM (6), 06/27/2021 02:38 PM (3)
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