Sudo up to 1.9.12.p1 Environment Variable SUDO_EDITOR/VISUAL/EDITOR protection mechanism
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A vulnerability was found in Sudo up to 1.9.12.p1 (Operating System Utility Software). It has been classified as very critical. Affected is an unknown functionality of the component Environment Variable Handler. The manipulation of the argument
SUDO_EDITOR/VISUAL/EDITOR with an unknown input leads to a protection mechanism vulnerability. CWE is classifying the issue as CWE-693. The product does not use or incorrectly uses a protection mechanism that provides sufficient defense against directed attacks against the product. This is going to have an impact on confidentiality, integrity, and availability. CVE summarizes:
In Sudo before 1.9.12p2, the sudoedit (aka -e) feature mishandles extra arguments passed in the user-provided environment variables (SUDO_EDITOR, VISUAL, and EDITOR), allowing a local attacker to append arbitrary entries to the list of files to process. This can lead to privilege escalation. Affected versions are 1.8.0 through 1.9.12.p1. The problem exists because a user-specified editor may contain a "--" argument that defeats a protection mechanism, e.g., an EDITOR='vim -- /path/to/extra/file' value.
The weakness was published 01/18/2023. The advisory is shared for download at sudo.ws. This vulnerability is traded as CVE-2023-22809 since 01/06/2023. 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 01/18/2023).
Applying the patch 1.9.12p2 is able to eliminate this problem.
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ExploitingClass: Protection mechanism
Status: Not defined
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Timeline01/06/2023 CVE reserved
01/18/2023 +12 days Advisory disclosed
01/18/2023 +0 days VulDB entry created
01/18/2023 +0 days VulDB last update
CVE: CVE-2023-22809 (🔒)
EntryCreated: 01/18/2023 09:44 PM
Changes: 01/18/2023 09:44 PM (40)
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