Vulnerability Note VU#820083

sudo vulnerable to heap corruption via -p parameter

Original Release date: 26 Apr 2002 | Last revised: 26 Apr 2002


Sudo is susceptible to a locally exploitable heap overflow vulnerability.


Sudo is a common utility used to allow a system administrator to give users or groups of users rights to run certain programs as root or as another user. A locally exploitable heap overflow can lead to the execution of arbitrary code by a local attacker.


A local attacker can execute arbitrary code as root.


Apply a patch from your vendor.

Systems Affected (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
CourtesanAffected-26 Apr 2002
DebianAffected-26 Apr 2002
MandrakeSoftAffected-26 Apr 2002
Red HatAffected-26 Apr 2002
SlackwareAffected-26 Apr 2002
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This document was written by Ian A. Finlay.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: CAN-2002-0184
  • Date Public: 25 Apr 2002
  • Date First Published: 26 Apr 2002
  • Date Last Updated: 26 Apr 2002
  • Severity Metric: 15.75
  • Document Revision: 11


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