Globus Globus Toolkit up to 2.4.2 getpwnam_r access control

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A vulnerability classified as critical has been found in Globus Globus Toolkit up to 2.4.2. This affects the function getpwnam_r. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a access control vulnerability. CWE is classifying the issue as CWE-264. This is going to have an impact on confidentiality, integrity, and availability. The summary by CVE is:

The GridFTP in Globus Toolkit (GT) before 5.2.2, when certain autoconf macros are defined, does not properly check the return value from the getpwnam_r function, which might allow remote attackers to gain privileges by logging in with a user that does not exist, which causes GridFTP to run as the last user in the password file.

The weakness was released 06/07/2012 by arma (Website). The advisory is shared at This vulnerability is uniquely identified as CVE-2012-3292. The exploitability is told to be difficult. It is possible to initiate the attack remotely. No form of authentication is needed for exploitation. Technical details are known, but no exploit is available. MITRE ATT&CK project uses the attack technique T1068 for this issue.

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 59351 (Fedora 15 : globus-gridftp-server-6.10-2.fc15 / globus-gridftp-server-control-2.5-2.fc15 (2012-8488)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Fedora Local Security Checks.

Upgrading to version 2.4.3 eliminates this vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (76057) and Tenable (59351). Entry connected to this vulnerability is available at VDB-38640.





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Class: Access control
CWE: CWE-264

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Remote: Yes

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Nessus ID: 59351
Nessus Name: Fedora 15 : globus-gridftp-server-6.10-2.fc15 / globus-gridftp-server-control-2.5-2.fc15 (2012-8488)
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OpenVAS ID: 71501
OpenVAS Name: Debian Security Advisory DSA 2523-1 (globus-gridftp-server)
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Upgrade: Globus Toolkit 2.4.3


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Advisory: dsa-2523
Researcher: arma
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CVE: CVE-2012-3292 (🔍)

X-Force: 76057
Vulnerability Center: 35596 - Globus Toolkit \x3C 5.2.2 GridFTP getpwnam_r Flaw Allows Remote Security Bypass, Low
SecurityFocus: 53778 - Globus Toolkit GridFTP 'getpwnam_r()' Security Bypass Vulnerability

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Created: 03/23/2015 04:50 PM
Updated: 12/03/2021 03:30 PM
Changes: 03/23/2015 04:50 PM (60), 04/14/2017 02:30 PM (11), 12/03/2021 03:18 PM (4), 12/03/2021 03:24 PM (1), 12/03/2021 03:30 PM (1)
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