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UNICOS LOCAL HOLE ALL VERSIONS
From: "Mickey Mouse" <mmsquadron () hotmail com>
Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2001 22:06:21 +0000
*********** CRAY UNICOS NQSD FORMAT BUG LOCAL ROOT COMPROMISE ALL VERSIONS
MICKEY MOUSE HACKING SQUADRON ADVISORY #: 1
We are a collective group of security professionals who want to remain
nameless due to the various legal and corporate red tape which now surrounds
the issue of disclosure in today's IT security environments. However, due to
the fact that we have unsuccessfully been able to convince vendors to take
appropriate actions in fixing these gaping security holes, we have decided
to take the option of becoming nameless and releasing this advisory in such
a way. Due to the nature of many of the severe vulnerabilities we have
discovered, we will enclose only minimal details about the holes, and no
working exploit code.
Local root compromise of any UNICOS computer running the NQS daemon
All versions of cray's UNIX Cray Operating System running NQSD
Possibly NQSD running in IBM and Solaris environments as well.
SUCCESSFULLY TESTED ON
Cray T3E running UNICOS/mk revision 18.104.22.168
The NQS, or Network Queueing System, is a popular batch software processor
which is used to perform job control and leveraging in supercomputing
environments which require heavy symmetric multi processing. The controlling
daemon, which looks like it appears below
37152 ? 0:00 nqsdaemon
57415 ? 0:00 nqsdaemon
runs as root in order to properly schedule and timeslice batched process.
The Mickey Mouse Hacking Squadron has discovered a format bug vulnerbility
by which any unprivileged user on a system running NQS can gain root access.
This involves creating a batch with a name that contains special formatting
characters, which is processed by an unsafe function taking a variable
argument list. In order to exploit this vulnerability, the user must be able
to submit the job with qsub in such a way that it triggers this
The qsub command submits a file that contains a shell script as
a batch request to the Network Queuing System (NQS). For an
introduction to the use of NQS, see the Network Queuing System
(NQS)User's Guide, publication SG-2105.
This vulnerability has been exploited successfully by the MMHS in a RISC
environment, using ALPHA processors, in a way similar to bugs exploited
successfully on Digital UNIX by SeungHyun Seo, also posted to the Bugtraq
mailing list. The exploitation on vectorized processors, such as the Y-MP
series, has proved to be much more difficult, especially due to large 64 bit
addressing and a large number of NULL bytes in the process address space.
This should also prove easy to exploit on PowerPC and SPARC environments.
NO RESPONSE FROM CRAY!
1). "Format String Attack on alpha system" Seunghyun Seo (truefinder),
We are looking for feedback and new members! EMAIL us with any concerns you
Note: We are not a blackhat organization, just a group of concerned
MMSquadron () hotmail com for any comments or suggestions!
Team TESO, Aleph1, M. Zalewski, Georgi, zen-parse, Simple Nomad, HERT,
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