Vulnerability Note VU#433499

IBM AIX portmir vulnerable to buffer overflow via echo_error

Original Release date: 26 Sep 2001 | Last revised: 26 Sep 2001


There is a buffer overflow in the IBM AIX portmir command that may allow local users to gain root privileges.


There is a buffer overflow in the echo_error routine of the IBM AIX portmir command. An attacker may be able to corrupt lock files in the "/etc/locks" directory.


While full impact of this vulnerability is not known for sure, it appears that attackers with access to a local account may be able to gain root privileges.


Apply a Patch

IBM has released patches to correct this problem. For AIX version 4.3.0, system administrators should apply APAR#IY07832.

Systems Affected (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
IBMAffected-26 Sep 2001
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This document was written by Cory F. Cohen.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: Unknown
  • Date Public: 27 Jan 2000
  • Date First Published: 26 Sep 2001
  • Date Last Updated: 26 Sep 2001
  • Document Revision: 4


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