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Sun Solaris AUTH_DES authentication contains vulnerability allowing user to gain escalated privileges

Vulnerability Note VU#518057

Original Release Date: 2003-01-17 | Last Revised: 2003-01-17


A remotely exploitable privilege escalation vulnerability exists in multiple versions of Solaris.


RPC requests utilizing AUTH_DES authentication can trigger a privilege escalation vulnerability in multiple versions of Solaris. For more details, please see Sun Alert ID 46944.


A remote attacker may be able to gain superuser access.


Apply a patch.

Vendor Information

Affected   Unknown   Unaffected

Sun Microsystems Inc.

Updated:  January 17, 2003



Vendor Statement


Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.


The CERT/CC has no additional comments at this time.

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CVSS Metrics

Group Score Vector
Base N/A N/A
Temporal N/A N/A
Environmental N/A



Thanks to Sun Microsystems for the information contained in Sun Alert 46944.

This document was written by Ian A Finlay.

Other Information

CVE IDs: None
Severity Metric: 37.97
Date Public: 2002-12-23
Date First Published: 2003-01-17
Date Last Updated: 2003-01-17 15:56 UTC
Document Revision: 7

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