Vulnerability Note VU#694782

Sun Solaris passwd command allows for privilege escalation

Original Release date: 05 Mar 2004 | Last revised: 05 Mar 2004


Sun Solaris contains a vulnerability in the passwd(1) command which could allow for privilege escalation.


The passwd command is used to update a user's authentication token(s). There is non-specific vulnerability identified in Sun Security Alert ID: 57454. This vulnerability could allow a local unprivileged user to gain root privileges.


A local unprivileged user may gain root privileges.


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According to Sun Microsystems, this issue is resolved in the following releases:

    SPARC Platform

    Solaris 8 with patch 108993-32 or later
    Solaris 9 with patch 113476-11 or later

    x86 Platform

    Solaris 8 with patch 108994-32 or later
    Solaris 9 with patch 114242-07 or later

Systems Affected (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
Sun Microsystems Inc.Affected-05 Mar 2004
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Sun Microsystems credits Tim Wort for reporting this vulnerability.

This document was written by Damon Morda.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: Unknown
  • Date Public: 26 Feb 2004
  • Date First Published: 05 Mar 2004
  • Date Last Updated: 05 Mar 2004
  • Severity Metric: 14.06
  • Document Revision: 6


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