Sun VirtualBox 3.0.0/3.0.2/3.0.4/3.0.6 Configuration Tool privileges management

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A vulnerability was found in Sun VirtualBox 3.0.0/3.0.2/3.0.4/3.0.6. It has been declared as critical. Affected by this vulnerability is an unknown code of the component Configuration Tool. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a privileges management vulnerability. The CWE definition for the vulnerability is CWE-269. The product does not properly assign, modify, track, or check privileges for an actor, creating an unintended sphere of control for that actor. As an impact it is known to affect confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

The weakness was published 10/06/2009 by prdelka with SuSE (Website). The advisory is shared at This vulnerability is known as CVE-2009-3692. The exploitation appears to be easy. An attack has to be approached locally. The exploitation doesn't need any form of authentication. Technical details are unknown but a public exploit is available. MITRE ATT&CK project uses the attack technique T1068 for this issue.

A public exploit has been developed by prdelka in Shell File and been published 2 weeks after the advisory. It is possible to download the exploit at It is declared as proof-of-concept. We expect the 0-day to have been worth approximately $5k-$25k. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 42060 (FreeBSD : virtualbox -- privilege escalation (ebeed063-b328-11de-b6a5-0030843d3802)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family FreeBSD Local Security Checks.

Upgrading to version 3.0.6 eliminates this vulnerability. A possible mitigation has been published immediately after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (53671), Tenable (42060) and Exploit-DB (9973).







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Class: Privileges management
CWE: CWE-269 / CWE-266
ATT&CK: T1068

Local: Yes
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Access: Public
Status: Proof-of-Concept
Author: prdelka
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Nessus ID: 42060
Nessus Name: FreeBSD : virtualbox -- privilege escalation (ebeed063-b328-11de-b6a5-0030843d3802)
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OpenVAS ID: 65753
OpenVAS Name: FreeBSD Ports: virtualbox
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Upgrade: VirtualBox 3.0.6


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Researcher: prdelka
Organization: SuSE
Status: Confirmed
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CVE: CVE-2009-3692 (🔍)
X-Force: 53671
Vulnerability Center: 24603 - Sun VirtualBox \x3C 3.0.8 VBoxNetAdpCtl Configuration Tool Root Privileges Escalation Vulnerability, High
SecurityFocus: 36604 - Sun VirtualBox VBoxNetAdpCtl Configuration Tool Local Privilege Escalation Vulnerability
OSVDB: 58652 - Sun VirtualBox VBoxNetAdpCtl Configuration Tool Unspecified Local Privilege Escalation

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Created: 03/18/2015 03:15 PM
Updated: 08/23/2021 05:16 PM
Changes: 03/18/2015 03:15 PM (68), 02/20/2017 10:03 AM (16), 08/23/2021 05:08 PM (4), 08/23/2021 05:16 PM (1)
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