Truecrypt 4.1 execvp privileges management

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A vulnerability was found in Truecrypt 4.1. It has been rated as critical. Affected by this issue is the function execvp. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a privilege escalation vulnerability. Using CWE to declare the problem leads to CWE-269. Impacted is confidentiality, integrity, and availability. CVE summarizes:

Untrusted search path vulnerability in Truecrypt 4.1, when running suid root on Linux, allows local users to execute arbitrary commands and gain privileges via a modified PATH environment variable that references a malicious mount command.

The weakness was published 04/30/2006 by Julien Tinnes (Website). The advisory is available at This vulnerability is handled as CVE-2006-2183 since 05/03/2006. The exploitation is known to be easy. Local access is required to approach this attack. No form of authentication is required for exploitation. Technical details are known, but there is no available exploit.

It is declared as proof-of-concept.

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 (26191) and Secunia (SA19903).



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Class: Privilege escalation
CWE: CWE-269
ATT&CK: Unknown

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Remote: No

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Status: Proof-of-Concept

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Researcher: Julien Tinnes
Status: Not defined

CVE: CVE-2006-2183 (🔍)
Secunia: 19903 - TrueCrypt External Command Execution Vulnerability, Less Critical
X-Force: 26191 - TrueCrypt execvp() PATH privilege escalation
OSVDB: 25131 - TrueCrypt External Command Path Subversion Local Privilege Escalation
Vupen: ADV-2006-1591


Created: 03/12/2015 12:19 PM
Updated: 07/25/2018 08:31 AM
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