CVE-2015-8777

Impact:
Low
Public Date:
2015-09-05
IAVA:
2016-A-0053
Bugzilla:
1260581: CVE-2015-8777 glibc: LD_POINTER_GUARD in the environment is not sanitized
It was found that the dynamic loader did not sanitize the LD_POINTER_GUARD environment variable. An attacker could use this flaw to bypass the pointer guarding protection on set-user-ID or set-group-ID programs to execute arbitrary code with the permissions of the user running the application.

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Statement

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5:
This vulnerability has been rated as having a security impact of Low. After evaluation and in accordance with the criteria noted in the product support life cycle, there are no plans to address this issue in an upcoming release. Please contact Red Hat Support for further information.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6:
This vulnerability has been rated as having a security impact of Low. After evaluation and in accordance with the criteria noted in the product support life cycle, there are no plans to address this issue in an upcoming release. Please contact Red Hat Support for further information.

CVSS v2 metrics

Base Score 3.7
Base Metrics AV:L/AC:H/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P
Access Vector Local
Access Complexity High
Authentication None
Confidentiality Impact Partial
Integrity Impact Partial
Availability Impact Partial

CVSS v3 metrics

CVSS3 Base Score 7
CVSS3 Base Metrics CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:H/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H
Attack Vector Local
Attack Complexity High
Privileges Required Low
User Interaction None
Scope Unchanged
Confidentiality High
Integrity Impact High
Availability Impact High

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Red Hat Security Errata

Platform Errata Release Date
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 (glibc) RHSA-2017:1916 2017-08-01

Affected Packages State

Platform Package State
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 glibc Will not fix
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 glibc Will not fix
Unless explicitly stated as not affected, all previous versions of packages in any minor update stream of a product listed here should be assumed vulnerable, although may not have been subject to full analysis.

Mitigation

The glibc pointer guard is a post-exploitation mitigation mechanism. As such, it is only relevant if there are exploitable security vulnerabilities in the system. Therefore, applying available security updates to the system is a possible mitigation for this issue.

In typical deployments, environment variables can only be set by users with shell access. Restricting shell access to trusted users is another possible mitigation.

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