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IBM Informix Dynamic Server DBLANG Directory Traversal Vulnerability
iDefense Security Advisory 11.09.07: IBM Informix Dynamic Server DBLANG Directory Traversal Vulnerability
iDefense Security Advisory 11.09.07: IBM Informix Dynamic Server DBLANG Directory Traversal Vulnerability

iDefense Security Advisory 11.09.07 
Nov 09, 2007


IBM Corp.'s Informix Dynamic Server is an online transaction processing
data server. It contains several set-uid root binaries. For more
information, visit the product homepage at the following URL. 


Local exploitation of a directory traversal vulnerability in IBM Corp.'s
Informix Dynamic Server allows attackers to elevate privileges to root.

This vulnerability exists due to insufficient checking for directory
traversal sequences when processing the DBLANG environment variable. By
using values containing directory traversal specifiers, such as "../",
an attacker can cause set-uid binaries to use Native Language Support
(NLS) message files under their control.


Exploitation allows local attackers to gain root privileges. In order to
exploit this vulnerability, an attacker would need access to execute one
of the set-uid root binaries that utilizes the DBLANG environment

Since an attacker can control NLS message file data, they are able to
pass arbitrary format string arguments to the variable argument
function printf(3). Consequently, this vulnerability can be exploited
using publicly known format string exploitation techniques.

When attempting to exploit this vulnerability, it is likely that an
attacker would try to execute code within area of memory that are
considered data. As such, NX, XD, exec-shield, PAX and other data
execution prevention technologies can decrease the likelihood of


iDefense confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in IBM Corp.'s
Informix Dynamic Server version 10.00 UC6TL installed on a Linux
system. Other versions are also suspected as vulnerable. Versions for
other supported Unix systems should also be considered vulnerable.


Removing the set-uid bit from all programs included with Informix will
prevent exploitation. However, doing so may also disable functionality.


IBM Corp. has addressed this vulnerability within version 10.00.xC7W1 of
Informix Dynamic Server. For more information, visit the following URL. 


The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2007-5670 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (, which standardizes names for 
security problems.


09/01/2007  Initial vendor notification
09/13/2007  Initial vendor response
11/06/2007  IBM Released 10.00.xC7W1
11/09/2007  Public disclosure


The discoverer of this vulnerability wishes to remain anonymous.

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