Novell openSUSE Factory User Account access control

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A vulnerability, which was classified as critical, has been found in Novell openSUSE Factory (Operating System) (version now known). Affected by this issue is some unknown processing of the component User Account. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a access control vulnerability. Using CWE to declare the problem leads to CWE-264. Impacted is confidentiality, integrity, and availability. CVE summarizes:

SUSE openSUSE Factory assigns ownership of the /var/log/cobbler/ directory tree to the web-service user account, which might allow local users to gain privileges by leveraging access to this account during root filesystem operations by the Cobbler daemon.

The weakness was disclosed 03/30/2011 with SuSE (Website). The advisory is shared for download at This vulnerability is handled as CVE-2011-1551. The attack needs to be approached locally. No form of authentication is required for exploitation. There are neither technical details nor an exploit publicly available. The current price for an exploit might be approx. USD $0-$5k (estimation calculated on 10/21/2021). It is expected to see the exploit prices for this product decreasing in the near future.The MITRE ATT&CK project declares the attack technique as T1068.

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 75801 (openSUSE Security Update : cobbler (openSUSE-SU-2011:0277-1)), 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 165188 (SUSE Security Update for Multiple Packages (SUSE-SR:2011:006)).

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 (66487) and Tenable (75801).







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Class: Access control
CWE: CWE-264

Local: Yes
Remote: No

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Nessus ID: 75801
Nessus Name: openSUSE Security Update : cobbler (openSUSE-SU-2011:0277-1)
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03/23/2011 🔍
03/30/2011 +6 days 🔍
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Organization: SuSE
Status: Not defined

CVE: CVE-2011-1551 (🔍)
X-Force: 66487
Vulnerability Center: 31681 - SUSE openSUSE Factory Local Privilege Escalation Vulnerability, High
SecurityFocus: 47163 - SUSE openSUSE cobbler daemon Local Privilege Escalation Vulnerability


Created: 03/20/2015 04:16 PM
Updated: 10/21/2021 02:35 PM
Changes: 03/20/2015 04:16 PM (56), 03/23/2017 04:53 PM (11), 10/21/2021 02:35 PM (4)
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