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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
ESB-2006.0695 -- [AIX]
Vulnerability in snappd may allow for arbitrary command execution
26 September 2006
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Operating System: AIX 5.3
Impact: Root Compromise
Access: Existing Account
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IBM SECURITY ADVISORY
First Issued: Mon Sep 25 10:00 CDT 2006
VULNERABILITY: A vulnerability in snappd may allow a local user in
the snapp group to execute arbitrary commands with
PLATFORMS: AIX 5.2 and 5.3.
SOLUTION: Apply the APAR, interim fix or workaround as
THREAT: A local user in the snapp group may execute arbitrary
commands with root privileges.
CERT VU Number: n/a
CVE Number: n/a
A vulnerability in snappd may allow a local user in the snapp group to
execute arbitrary commands with root privileges.
snappd ships as part of the bos.net.snapp fileset. To determine if this
fileset is installed, execute the following command:
# lslpp -L bos.net.snapp
If the fileset is installed it will be listed along with its version
information, state, type and a description.
The following table shows the vulnerable versions of bos.net.snapp.
AIX Release Lower Upper
AIX 5.2 126.96.36.199 188.8.131.52
AIX 5.3 184.108.40.206 220.127.116.11
A local user in the snapp group may execute arbitrary commands with root
IBM provides the following fixes:
APAR number for AIX 5.2.0: IY88820 (available approx. 10/18/06)
APAR number for AIX 5.3.0: IY88818 (available approx. 10/04/06)
NOTE: Affected customers are urged to upgrade to the latest applicable
B. Interim Fix
Interim fixes are available. The interim fixes can be downloaded via ftp
This is a compressed tarball containing this advisory, interim fix
packages and cleartext PGP signatures for each package.
Verify you have retrieved the fixes intact:
The interim fixes below are named by using the APAR corresponding to the
release that the fix applies to. The APAR is followed by an underscore and
the Technology Level for the particular AIX release that a fix applies to.
The checksums below were generated using the "sum" and "md5sum" commands
and are as follows:
Filename sum md5
IY88820_07.060824.epkg.Z 60570 15 6fe7c0b6f1b6ae79644ef66119c103bf
IY88820_08.060824.epkg.Z 54783 15 d1706d0235ffc94aa4964ce102fc9106
IY88820_09.060824.epkg.Z 65152 15 834843b8057398e11248cffa927a186c
IY88818_03.060824.epkg.Z 56887 16 a1e30e97c1fb39825b01872ccaa0756e
IY88818_04.060824.epkg.Z 09603 16 3472e784f7a564834ac4df42ea5c3f05
IY88818_05.060824.epkg.Z 59232 16 ba050f61ad6ae413fee0306f914c2efd
These sums should match exactly. The PGP signatures in the compressed
tarball and on this advisory can also be used to verify the integrity of
the various files they correspond to. If the sums or signatures cannot be
confirmed, double check the command results and the download site address.
If those are OK, contact IBM AIX Security at email@example.com
and describe the discrepancy.
The interim fixes include prerequisite checking. This will ensure the
correct mapping between the interim fixes and AIX Technology Levels. The
following table shows the prerequisite fileset levels required for the
fixes above. The fileset levels listed are for bos.net.snapp.
Interim Fileset Level Fileset Level
Fix (lower limit) (upper limit)
IY88820_07.060824.epkg.Z 18.104.22.168 22.214.171.124
IY88820_08.060824.epkg.Z 126.96.36.199 188.8.131.52
IY88820_09.060824.epkg.Z 184.108.40.206 220.127.116.11
IY88818_03.060824.epkg.Z 18.104.22.168 22.214.171.124
IY88818_04.060824.epkg.Z 126.96.36.199 188.8.131.52
IY88818_05.060824.epkg.Z 184.108.40.206 220.127.116.11
IMPORTANT: If possible, it is recommended that a mksysb backup of the
system is created. Verify it is both bootable, and readable before
Customers may contact IBM support if any issues arise with these interim
Interim Installation Instructions:
These packages use the new Interim Fix Management Solution to install and
manage interim fixes. More information can be found at:
To preview an epkg interim fix installation execute the following command:
# emgr -e ipkg_name -p # where ipkg_name is the name of the
# interim fix package being previewed.
To install an epkg interim fix package, execute the following command:
# emgr -e ipkg_name -X # where ipkg_name is the name of the
# interim fix package being installed.
The "X" flag will expand any filesystems if required.
Restart snappd if it is running.
Remove the setuid root bit. Note that this will prevent snappd from
functioning normally for non-root users. This can be done by executing the
# chmod 550 /usr/sbin/snappd
Verify the changes:
# ls -la /usr/sbin/snappd
- - -r-xr-x--- 1 root snapp 21924 May 13 2004 /usr/sbin/snappd
IV. Obtaining Fixes
AIX Version 5 APARs can be downloaded from:
Security related Interim Fixes can be downloaded from:
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