Vulnerabilities > CVE-2008-4636 - Improper Input Validation vulnerability in Suse Yast2-Backup 2.14.2/2.16.6

047910
CVSS 7.2 - HIGH
Attack vector
LOCAL
Attack complexity
LOW
Privileges required
NONE
Confidentiality impact
COMPLETE
Integrity impact
COMPLETE
Availability impact
COMPLETE
local
low complexity
novell
opensuse
suse
CWE-20
nessus

Summary

yast2-backup 2.14.2 through 2.16.6 on SUSE Linux and Novell Linux allows local users to gain privileges via shell metacharacters in filenames used by the backup process.

Common Weakness Enumeration (CWE)

Common Attack Pattern Enumeration and Classification (CAPEC)

  • Buffer Overflow via Environment Variables
    This attack pattern involves causing a buffer overflow through manipulation of environment variables. Once the attacker finds that they can modify an environment variable, they may try to overflow associated buffers. This attack leverages implicit trust often placed in environment variables.
  • Server Side Include (SSI) Injection
    An attacker can use Server Side Include (SSI) Injection to send code to a web application that then gets executed by the web server. Doing so enables the attacker to achieve similar results to Cross Site Scripting, viz., arbitrary code execution and information disclosure, albeit on a more limited scale, since the SSI directives are nowhere near as powerful as a full-fledged scripting language. Nonetheless, the attacker can conveniently gain access to sensitive files, such as password files, and execute shell commands.
  • Cross Zone Scripting
    An attacker is able to cause a victim to load content into their web-browser that bypasses security zone controls and gain access to increased privileges to execute scripting code or other web objects such as unsigned ActiveX controls or applets. This is a privilege elevation attack targeted at zone-based web-browser security. In a zone-based model, pages belong to one of a set of zones corresponding to the level of privilege assigned to that page. Pages in an untrusted zone would have a lesser level of access to the system and/or be restricted in the types of executable content it was allowed to invoke. In a cross-zone scripting attack, a page that should be assigned to a less privileged zone is granted the privileges of a more trusted zone. This can be accomplished by exploiting bugs in the browser, exploiting incorrect configuration in the zone controls, through a cross-site scripting attack that causes the attackers' content to be treated as coming from a more trusted page, or by leveraging some piece of system functionality that is accessible from both the trusted and less trusted zone. This attack differs from "Restful Privilege Escalation" in that the latter correlates to the inadequate securing of RESTful access methods (such as HTTP DELETE) on the server, while cross-zone scripting attacks the concept of security zones as implemented by a browser.
  • Cross Site Scripting through Log Files
    An attacker may leverage a system weakness where logs are susceptible to log injection to insert scripts into the system's logs. If these logs are later viewed by an administrator through a thin administrative interface and the log data is not properly HTML encoded before being written to the page, the attackers' scripts stored in the log will be executed in the administrative interface with potentially serious consequences. This attack pattern is really a combination of two other attack patterns: log injection and stored cross site scripting.
  • Command Line Execution through SQL Injection
    An attacker uses standard SQL injection methods to inject data into the command line for execution. This could be done directly through misuse of directives such as MSSQL_xp_cmdshell or indirectly through injection of data into the database that would be interpreted as shell commands. Sometime later, an unscrupulous backend application (or could be part of the functionality of the same application) fetches the injected data stored in the database and uses this data as command line arguments without performing proper validation. The malicious data escapes that data plane by spawning new commands to be executed on the host.

Nessus

  • NASL familySuSE Local Security Checks
    NASL idSUSE_YAST2-BACKUP-5760.NASL
    descriptionThis updated of yast2-backup fixes a sellcode injection vulnerability and improves handling of symlinks for the backup process. (CVE-2008-4636)
    last seen2020-06-01
    modified2020-06-02
    plugin id41605
    published2009-09-24
    reporterThis script is Copyright (C) 2009-2019 Tenable Network Security, Inc.
    sourcehttps://www.tenable.com/plugins/nessus/41605
    titleSuSE 10 Security Update : yast2-backup (ZYPP Patch Number 5760)
    code
    #%NASL_MIN_LEVEL 80502
    #
    # (C) Tenable Network Security, Inc.
    #
    # The text description of this plugin is (C) Novell, Inc.
    #
    
    include("compat.inc");
    
    if (description)
    {
      script_id(41605);
      script_version ("1.10");
      script_cvs_date("Date: 2019/10/25 13:36:33");
    
      script_cve_id("CVE-2008-4636");
    
      script_name(english:"SuSE 10 Security Update : yast2-backup (ZYPP Patch Number 5760)");
      script_summary(english:"Checks rpm output for the updated package");
    
      script_set_attribute(
        attribute:"synopsis", 
        value:"The remote SuSE 10 host is missing a security-related patch."
      );
      script_set_attribute(
        attribute:"description", 
        value:
    "This updated of yast2-backup fixes a sellcode injection vulnerability
    and improves handling of symlinks for the backup process.
    (CVE-2008-4636)"
      );
      script_set_attribute(
        attribute:"see_also",
        value:"http://support.novell.com/security/cve/CVE-2008-4636.html"
      );
      script_set_attribute(attribute:"solution", value:"Apply ZYPP patch number 5760.");
      script_set_cvss_base_vector("CVSS2#AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C");
      script_cwe_id(20);
    
      script_set_attribute(attribute:"plugin_type", value:"local");
      script_set_attribute(attribute:"cpe", value:"cpe:/o:suse:suse_linux");
    
      script_set_attribute(attribute:"patch_publication_date", value:"2008/11/10");
      script_set_attribute(attribute:"plugin_publication_date", value:"2009/09/24");
      script_end_attributes();
    
      script_category(ACT_GATHER_INFO);
      script_copyright(english:"This script is Copyright (C) 2009-2019 Tenable Network Security, Inc.");
      script_family(english:"SuSE Local Security Checks");
    
      script_dependencies("ssh_get_info.nasl");
      script_require_keys("Host/local_checks_enabled", "Host/cpu", "Host/SuSE/release", "Host/SuSE/rpm-list");
    
      exit(0);
    }
    
    
    include("global_settings.inc");
    include("rpm.inc");
    
    
    if (!get_kb_item("Host/local_checks_enabled")) exit(0, "Local checks are not enabled.");
    if (!get_kb_item("Host/SuSE/release")) exit(0, "The host is not running SuSE.");
    if (!get_kb_item("Host/SuSE/rpm-list")) exit(1, "Could not obtain the list of installed packages.");
    
    cpu = get_kb_item("Host/cpu");
    if (isnull(cpu)) exit(1, "Failed to determine the architecture type.");
    if (cpu >!< "x86_64" && cpu !~ "^i[3-6]86$") exit(1, "Local checks for SuSE 10 on the '"+cpu+"' architecture have not been implemented.");
    
    
    flag = 0;
    if (rpm_check(release:"SLED10", sp:2, reference:"yast2-backup-2.13.6-0.1")) flag++;
    if (rpm_check(release:"SLES10", sp:2, reference:"yast2-backup-2.13.6-0.1")) flag++;
    
    
    if (flag)
    {
      if (report_verbosity > 0) security_hole(port:0, extra:rpm_report_get());
      else security_hole(0);
      exit(0);
    }
    else exit(0, "The host is not affected.");
    
  • NASL familySuSE Local Security Checks
    NASL idSUSE_YAST2-BACKUP-5739.NASL
    descriptionThis updated of yast2-backup fixes a shellcode injection vulnerability and improves handling of symlinks for the backup process. (CVE-2008-4636)
    last seen2020-06-01
    modified2020-06-02
    plugin id34962
    published2008-11-25
    reporterThis script is Copyright (C) 2008-2019 Tenable Network Security, Inc.
    sourcehttps://www.tenable.com/plugins/nessus/34962
    titleSuSE 10 Security Update : yast2-backup (ZYPP Patch Number 5739)
    code
    #%NASL_MIN_LEVEL 80502
    #
    # (C) Tenable Network Security, Inc.
    #
    # The text description of this plugin is (C) Novell, Inc.
    #
    
    include("compat.inc");
    
    if (description)
    {
      script_id(34962);
      script_version ("1.16");
      script_cvs_date("Date: 2019/10/25 13:36:33");
    
      script_cve_id("CVE-2008-4636");
    
      script_name(english:"SuSE 10 Security Update : yast2-backup (ZYPP Patch Number 5739)");
      script_summary(english:"Checks rpm output for the updated package");
    
      script_set_attribute(
        attribute:"synopsis", 
        value:"The remote SuSE 10 host is missing a security-related patch."
      );
      script_set_attribute(
        attribute:"description", 
        value:
    "This updated of yast2-backup fixes a shellcode injection vulnerability
    and improves handling of symlinks for the backup process.
    (CVE-2008-4636)"
      );
      script_set_attribute(
        attribute:"see_also",
        value:"http://support.novell.com/security/cve/CVE-2008-4636.html"
      );
      script_set_attribute(attribute:"solution", value:"Apply ZYPP patch number 5739.");
      script_set_cvss_base_vector("CVSS2#AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C");
      script_cwe_id(20);
    
      script_set_attribute(attribute:"plugin_type", value:"local");
      script_set_attribute(attribute:"cpe", value:"cpe:/o:suse:suse_linux");
    
      script_set_attribute(attribute:"patch_publication_date", value:"2008/10/29");
      script_set_attribute(attribute:"plugin_publication_date", value:"2008/11/25");
      script_end_attributes();
    
      script_category(ACT_GATHER_INFO);
      script_copyright(english:"This script is Copyright (C) 2008-2019 Tenable Network Security, Inc.");
      script_family(english:"SuSE Local Security Checks");
    
      script_dependencies("ssh_get_info.nasl");
      script_require_keys("Host/local_checks_enabled", "Host/cpu", "Host/SuSE/release", "Host/SuSE/rpm-list");
    
      exit(0);
    }
    
    
    include("global_settings.inc");
    include("rpm.inc");
    
    
    if (!get_kb_item("Host/local_checks_enabled")) exit(0, "Local checks are not enabled.");
    if (!get_kb_item("Host/SuSE/release")) exit(0, "The host is not running SuSE.");
    if (!get_kb_item("Host/SuSE/rpm-list")) exit(1, "Could not obtain the list of installed packages.");
    
    cpu = get_kb_item("Host/cpu");
    if (isnull(cpu)) exit(1, "Failed to determine the architecture type.");
    if (cpu >!< "x86_64" && cpu !~ "^i[3-6]86$") exit(1, "Local checks for SuSE 10 on the '"+cpu+"' architecture have not been implemented.");
    
    
    flag = 0;
    if (rpm_check(release:"SLED10", sp:1, reference:"yast2-backup-2.13.6-0.1")) flag++;
    if (rpm_check(release:"SLES10", sp:1, reference:"yast2-backup-2.13.6-0.1")) flag++;
    
    
    if (flag)
    {
      if (report_verbosity > 0) security_hole(port:0, extra:rpm_report_get());
      else security_hole(0);
      exit(0);
    }
    else exit(0, "The host is not affected.");
    
  • NASL familySuSE Local Security Checks
    NASL idSUSE9_12279.NASL
    descriptionThis updated of yast2-backup fixes a sellcode injection vulnerability and improves handling of symlinks for the backup process. (CVE-2008-4636)
    last seen2020-06-01
    modified2020-06-02
    plugin id41252
    published2009-09-24
    reporterThis script is Copyright (C) 2009-2019 Tenable Network Security, Inc.
    sourcehttps://www.tenable.com/plugins/nessus/41252
    titleSuSE9 Security Update : yast2-backup (YOU Patch Number 12279)