IBM DB2 Universal Database up to 9.0 Administration Server DAS access control

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A vulnerability has been found in IBM DB2 Universal Database up to 9.0 (Database Software) and classified as critical. This vulnerability affects the function DAS of the component Administration Server. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a privilege escalation vulnerability. The CWE definition for the vulnerability is CWE-264. As an impact it is known to affect confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

The bug was discovered 06/02/2008. The weakness was shared 08/28/2008 by Martin Rakhmanov with Application Security Inc. (Website). The advisory is available at This vulnerability was named CVE-2008-3855 since 08/28/2008. The exploitation appears to be easy. Local access is required to approach this attack. No form of authentication is required for a successful exploitation. Technical details are known, but there is no available exploit. 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 8 days. During that time the estimated underground price was around $25k-$100k. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 33128 (IBM DB2 < 9 Fix Pack 5 Multiple Vulnerabilities), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Databases and running in the context remote.

Upgrading to version 9.1 eliminates this vulnerability. Furthermore it is possible to detect and prevent this kind of attack with TippingPoint and the filter 8789.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (42932), Vulnerability Center (SBV-19630) and Tenable (33128). The entries 3463, 3464, 3462 and 38411 are related to this item.





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VulDB Meta Base Score: 9.8
VulDB Meta Temp Score: 8.8

VulDB Base Score: 9.8
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: 33128
Nessus Name: IBM DB2 < 9 Fix Pack 5 Multiple Vulnerabilities
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Recommended: Upgrade
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Upgrade: DB2 Universal Database 9.1
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Researcher: Martin Rakhmanov
Organization: Application Security Inc.
Status: Not defined
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CVE: CVE-2008-3855 (🔍)
X-Force: 42932
Vulnerability Center: 19630 - IBM DB2 9.1 &lt;Fixpak 5 DAS File Creation Vulnerability Allows Local Privilege Escalation, Medium
SecurityFocus: 29601 - IBM DB2 Universal Database Prior to 9.1 Fixpak 5 Multiple Vulnerabilities
Secunia: 30558
OSVDB: 46271 - IBM DB2 admin server privilege escalation
Vupen: ADV-2008-1769

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Created: 03/17/2015 04:11 PM
Updated: 08/17/2019 06:48 PM
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