VDB-55499 · CVE-2010-4159 · BID 44810

Mono up to 1.9.1 untrusted search path

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A vulnerability was found in Mono up to 1.9.1 and classified as critical. This issue affects an unknown part. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a local privilege escalation vulnerability. Using CWE to declare the problem leads to CWE-426. The product searches for critical resources using an externally-supplied search path that can point to resources that are not under the product's direct control. Impacted is confidentiality, integrity, and availability. The summary by CVE is:

Untrusted search path vulnerability in metadata/loader.c in Mono 2.8 and earlier allows local users to gain privileges via a Trojan horse shared library in the current working directory.

The weakness was shared 11/17/2010 (Website). It is possible to read the advisory at github.com. The identification of this vulnerability is CVE-2010-4159. Attacking locally is a requirement. No form of authentication is needed for a successful exploitation. The technical details are unknown and an exploit is not publicly available. The attack technique deployed by this issue is T1574 according to MITRE ATT&CK.

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 57164 (SuSE 10 Security Update : Mono (ZYPP Patch Number 7479)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family SuSE Local Security Checks. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 165190 (SUSE Security Update for Multiple Packages (SUSE-SR:2011:008)).

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 Tenable (57164), SecurityFocus (BID 44810†) and Vulnerability Center (SBV-28398†).





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Class: Untrusted search path
CWE: CWE-426

Local: Yes
Remote: No

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Status: Not defined

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Nessus ID: 57164
Nessus Name: SuSE 10 Security Update : Mono (ZYPP Patch Number 7479)
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OpenVAS ID: 862956
OpenVAS Name: Fedora Update for mono-addins FEDORA-2011-3393
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Patch: github.com


11/04/2010 🔍
11/17/2010 +13 days 🔍
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11/17/2010 +0 days 🔍
11/29/2010 +12 days 🔍
12/13/2011 +379 days 🔍
03/19/2015 +1192 days 🔍
10/05/2021 +2392 days 🔍


Advisory: 8e890a3bf80a4620e417814dc14886b1bbd17625
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CVE: CVE-2010-4159 (🔍)

SecurityFocus: 44810
Secunia: 42174
Vulnerability Center: 28398 - Mono 2.8 and Earlier metadata/loader.c Untrusted Search Path Vulnerability, Medium


Created: 03/19/2015 02:37 PM
Updated: 10/05/2021 11:31 AM
Changes: 03/19/2015 02:37 PM (56), 03/10/2017 10:22 AM (7), 10/05/2021 11:16 AM (7), 10/05/2021 11:23 AM (2), 10/05/2021 11:31 AM (1)
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