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Re: pmpost - another nice symlink follower
From: Jan-Frode Myklebust <janfrode () parallab uib no>
Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2001 09:35:57 +0200

On Mon, Jun 18, 2001 at 07:11:20PM +0200, Paul Starzetz wrote:

there is a symlink handling problem in the pcp suite from SGI. The
binary pmpost will follow symlinks, if setuid root this leads to instant
root compromise, as found on SuSE 7.1 (I doubt that this a default SuSE
package, though).

It's probably a very rare package under linux, but
more common under IRIX. I just tested your exploit
against SGI's binary release of PCP 2.1 under IRIX
6.5.12m, and it worked just fine (after minor fixes).


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