iDefense Security Advisory 08.01.08
Aug 01, 2008
Ingres Database is a database server used in several Computer
Associates' products. For example, CA Directory Service uses the Ingres
Database server. More information can be found on the vendor's website
at the following URL.
Local exploitation of a file permissions modification vulnerability in
the "verifydb" utility, as included with Ingres Database 2006 Release 2
for Linux, allows attackers to modify the permissions of files owned by
the Ingres database user.
The vulnerability exists within the "verifydb" utility included with
Ingres. It is used to cleanup unneeded files created in the database
directory. This program has the set-uid bit set, and is owned by the
The "verifydb" program improperly changes the permissions on files. The
program first creates a file called "iivdb.log" in the current
directory, and then makes it world writable. By creating a symbolic
link to a file owned by the "ingres" user, an attacker can gain write
access to the target file.
Exploitation of this vulnerability allows an attacker to overwrite
arbitrary files owned by the "ingres" user. By itself, this
vulnerability does not have very serious consequences. However, when
combined with the library loading vulnerability, it allows an attacker
to execute arbitrary code with root privileges.
iDefense has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in Ingres
2006 Enterprise Edition Release 2 for Linux x86 (32-bit). Other
versions may also be affected.
iDefense is currently unaware of any workaround for this issue.
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
"This problem has been identified and resolved by Ingres in the
following releases: Ingres 2006 release 2 (9.1.0), Ingres 2006 release
1 (9.0.4), and Ingres 2.6."
For more information, refer to Ingres' advisory at the following URL.
VII. CVE INFORMATION
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2008-3356 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org/), which standardizes names for
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
07/20/2007 Initial vendor response
07/23/2007 Initial vendor notification
08/01/2008 Coordinated public disclosure
The discoverer of this vulnerability wishes to remain anonymous.
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