IBM AIX 5.2/5.3/6.1 memory corruption

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A vulnerability, which was classified as problematic, was found in IBM AIX 5.2/5.3/6.1 (Operating System). This affects an unknown function. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a memory corruption vulnerability. CWE is classifying the issue as CWE-119. The software performs operations on a memory buffer, but it can read from or write to a memory location that is outside of the intended boundary of the buffer. This is going to have an impact on confidentiality, integrity, and availability. The summary by CVE is:

Buffer overflow in errpt in IBM AIX 5.2, 5.3, and 6.1 allows local users to gain privileges via unknown attack vectors.

The issue has been introduced in 10/01/2002. The weakness was shared 06/02/2008 (Website). The advisory is shared at This vulnerability is uniquely identified as CVE-2008-2514. The exploitability is told to be easy. An attack has to be approached locally. No form of authentication is needed for exploitation. Neither technical details nor an exploit are publicly available. The price for an exploit might be around USD $0-$5k at the moment (estimation calculated on 08/01/2021). It is expected to see the exploit prices for this product decreasing in the near future.

The vulnerability was handled as a non-public zero-day exploit for at least 2071 days. During that time the estimated underground price was around $5k-$25k. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 63769 (AIX 6.1 TL 0 : errpt (IZ22348)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family AIX Local Security Checks.

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 (42578) and Tenable (63769). The entries 42610 and 42608 are related to this item.






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CPE 2.3info

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VulDB Meta Base Score: 5.9
VulDB Meta Temp Score: 5.9

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Class: Memory corruption
CWE: CWE-119
ATT&CK: Unknown

Local: Yes
Remote: No

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Status: Not defined

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Nessus ID: 63769
Nessus Name: AIX 6.1 TL 0 : errpt (IZ22348)
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10/01/2002 🔍
05/21/2008 +2059 days 🔍
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05/22/2008 +1 days 🔍
06/02/2008 +10 days 🔍
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01/24/2013 +1697 days 🔍
03/16/2015 +781 days 🔍
08/01/2021 +2330 days 🔍



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CVE: CVE-2008-2514 (🔍)

X-Force: 42578
Vulnerability Center: 18439 - IBM AIX Local Buffer Overflow Cause Arbitrary Code Execution with Super User Privileges and DoS, High
SecurityFocus: 29323 - IBM AIX 'errpt' Local Buffer Overflow Vulnerability

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Created: 03/16/2015 05:00 PM
Updated: 08/01/2021 08:14 AM
Changes: 03/16/2015 05:00 PM (58), 01/18/2017 10:22 AM (9), 08/01/2021 08:11 AM (4), 08/01/2021 08:14 AM (1)
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