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A vulnerability was found in IBM AIX 5.2/5.3 (Operating System). It has been rated as critical. Affected by this issue is an unknown code block. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a privilege escalation vulnerability. Using CWE to declare the problem leads to CWE-264. Impacted is confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

The bug was discovered 01/22/2008. The weakness was published 02/04/2008 (Website). The advisory is available at This vulnerability is handled as CVE-2008-0588 since 02/04/2008. 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. The structure of the vulnerability defines a possible price range of USD $0-$5k at the moment (estimation calculated on 08/04/2019). It is expected to see the exploit prices for this product decreasing in the near future.This vulnerability is assigned to T1068 by the MITRE ATT&CK project.

It is declared as proof-of-concept. The vulnerability was handled as a non-public zero-day exploit for at least 1841 days. During that time the estimated underground price was around $25k-$100k. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 29177 (AIX 5.3 TL 6 : devices.scsi.tape.diag (U814156)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family AIX Local Security Checks and running in the context local.

A possible mitigation has been published even before and not after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (39909), Vulnerability Center (SBV-17459) and Tenable (29177). Similar entries are available at 3566, 3562, 3563 and 3564.





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VulDB Meta Base Score: 9.3
VulDB Meta Temp Score: 8.8

VulDB Base Score: 9.3
VulDB Temp Score: 8.8
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Class: Privilege escalation
CWE: CWE-264
ATT&CK: T1068

Local: Yes
Remote: No

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Status: Proof-of-Concept

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Nessus ID: 29177
Nessus Name: AIX 5.3 TL 6 : devices.scsi.tape.diag (U814156)
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Recommended: no mitigation known
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10/01/2002 🔍
10/16/2007 +1841 days 🔍
12/03/2007 +48 days 🔍
01/22/2008 +50 days 🔍
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01/24/2008 +2 days 🔍
01/27/2008 +3 days 🔍
02/04/2008 +8 days 🔍
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03/16/2015 +2597 days 🔍
08/04/2019 +1602 days 🔍



Status: Not defined
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CVE: CVE-2008-0588 (🔍)

X-Force: 39909
Vulnerability Center: 17459 - IBM AIX Utape Command Vulnerability Allows Local Users to Gain Root Privileges or Cause DoS, Medium
SecurityFocus: 27430 - IBM AIX 'utape' Local Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
Secunia: 28609
OSVDB: 40414 - CVE-2008-0588 - IBM - AIX - Buffer-overflow Issue
Vupen: ADV-2008-0261

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Created: 03/16/2015 01:43 PM
Updated: 08/04/2019 09:55 AM
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