CVE-2002-0638 - Unspecified vulnerability in multiple products

Summary

setpwnam.c in the util-linux package, as included in Red Hat Linux 7.3 and earlier, and other operating systems, does not properly lock a temporary file when modifying /etc/passwd, which may allow local users to gain privileges via a complex race condition that uses an open file descriptor in utility programs such as chfn and chsh.

Risk level (CVSS 6.2)

Medium

6.2

Access Vector

  • Network
  • Adjacent Network
  • Local

Access Complexity

  • Low
  • Medium
  • High

Authentication

  • None
  • Single
  • Multiple

Confident. Impact

  • Complete
  • Partial
  • None

Integrity Impact

  • Complete
  • Partial
  • None