IBM AIX lqueryvg Stack Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
iDefense Security Advisory 10.30.07
Oct 30, 2007
The lqueryvg utility is used to examine the properties of disk volume
groups. It is installed set-uid root by default on multiple versions of
Local exploitation of a stack buffer overflow vulnerability in IBM
Corp.'s AIX operating system may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary
code with root privileges.
The vulnerability exists within the parsing of the '-p' command line
option. The argument to this option is copied into a fixed size stack
buffer using the sprintf() function without properly validating the
length. This leads to an exploitable stack buffer overflow.
Exploitation of this vulnerability results in the execution of arbitrary
code with root privileges. The binary may be executed by any user with a
local account, no special group membership is needed.
iDefense has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in AIX
version 5.2 and 5.3. Previous versions may also be affected.
Removing the set-uid bit from the binary will prevent exploitation, but
may make the program unusable by non-root users.
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
IBM Corp. has addressed this vulnerability by releasing interim fixes.
More information can be found via the Bulletins tab of IBM's
Subscription Service for UNIX and Linux servers. You can reach this
service by clicking the URL shown below.
VII. CVE INFORMATION
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2007-4513 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org/), which standardizes names for
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
08/21/2007 Initial vendor notification
08/22/2007 Initial vendor response
10/30/2007 Coordinated public disclosure
This vulnerability was discovered by Sean Larsson of VeriSign iDefense
Get paid for vulnerability research
Free tools, research and upcoming events
X. LEGAL NOTICES
Copyright =A9 2007 iDefense, Inc.
Permission is granted for the redistribution of this alert
electronically. It may not be edited in any way without the express
written consent of iDefense. If you wish to reprint the whole or any
part of this alert in any other medium other than electronically,
please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for permission.
Disclaimer: The information in the advisory is believed to be accurate
at the time of publishing based on currently available information. Use
of the information constitutes acceptance for use in an AS IS condition.
There are no warranties with regard to this information. Neither the
author nor the publisher accepts any liability for any direct,
indirect, or consequential loss or damage arising from use of, or
reliance on, this information.