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vulnerability alert CVE-2014-7169

bash: code execution via Function Variable

Synthesis of the vulnerability

An attacker can define a special environment variable, which is transmitted (via CGI or OpenSSH for example) to bash, in order to execute code.
Impacted systems: Arkoon FAST360, GAiA, CheckPoint IP Appliance, IPSO, SecurePlatform, CheckPoint Security Appliance, CheckPoint Smart-1, CheckPoint VSX-1, Cisco ASR, Cisco ACE, ASA, IOS XE Cisco, Cisco IPS, IronPort Encryption, Nexus by Cisco, NX-OS, Secure ACS, Cisco CUCM, Cisco Unified CCX, XenServer, Clearswift Email Gateway, Clearswift Web Gateway, Debian, Avamar, EMC CAVA, EMC CEE, EMC CEPA, Celerra FAST, Celerra NS, Celerra NX4, EMC CMDCE, Connectrix Switch, NetWorker, PowerPath, Unisphere EMC, VNX Operating Environment, VNX Series, Black Diamond, ExtremeXOS, Summit, BIG-IP Hardware, TMOS, Fedora, FortiAnalyzer, FortiAnalyzer Virtual Appliance, FortiManager, FortiManager Virtual Appliance, HP Operations, AIX, IVE OS, Junos Space, MAG Series by Juniper, NSM Central Manager, NSMXpress, Juniper SA, Juniper UAC, McAfee Email and Web Security, McAfee Email Gateway, McAfee MOVE AntiVirus, McAfee NSP, McAfee NGFW, McAfee Web Gateway, openSUSE, Solaris, pfSense, RealPresence Collaboration Server, RealPresence Distributed Media Application, Polycom VBP, RHEL, RSA Authentication Manager, ROX, RuggedSwitch, Slackware, Stonesoft NGFW/VPN, SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop, SLES, Ubuntu, Unix (platform) ~ not comprehensive, ESX, vCenter Server, VMware vSphere.
Severity of this alert: 3/4.
Consequences of an intrusion: administrator access/rights, privileged access/rights, user access/rights.
Pirate's origin: internet client.
Number of vulnerabilities in this bulletin: 2.
Creation date: 25/09/2014.
Références of this alert: 193355, 193866, 194029, 194064, 194669, 480931, c04475942, c04479492, CERTFR-2014-AVI-403, CERTFR-2014-AVI-415, CERTFR-2014-AVI-480, cisco-sa-20140926-bash, CTX200217, CTX200223, CVE-2014-3659-REJECT, CVE-2014-7169, DSA-3035-1, ESA-2014-111, ESA-2014-123, ESA-2014-124, ESA-2014-125, ESA-2014-126, ESA-2014-127, ESA-2014-128, ESA-2014-133, ESA-2014-136, ESA-2014-150, ESA-2014-151, ESA-2014-152, ESA-2014-162, FEDORA-2014-11514, FEDORA-2014-11527, FEDORA-2014-12202, FG-IR-14-030, HPSBGN03138, HPSBMU03144, JSA10648, JSA10661, MDVSA-2014:190, MDVSA-2015:164, openSUSE-SU-2014:1229-1, openSUSE-SU-2014:1242-1, openSUSE-SU-2014:1248-1, openSUSE-SU-2014:1308-1, openSUSE-SU-2014:1310-1, pfSense-SA-14_18.packages, RHSA-2014:1306-01, RHSA-2014:1311-01, RHSA-2014:1312-01, RHSA-2014:1354-01, RHSA-2014:1865-01, SB10085, sk102673, SOL15629, SSA:2014-268-01, SSA:2014-268-02, SSA-860967, SUSE-SU-2014:1247-1, SUSE-SU-2014:1247-2, T1021272, USN-2363-1, USN-2363-2, VIGILANCE-VUL-15401, VMSA-2014-0010, VMSA-2014-0010.10, VMSA-2014-0010.11, VMSA-2014-0010.12, VMSA-2014-0010.13, VMSA-2014-0010.2, VMSA-2014-0010.4, VMSA-2014-0010.7, VMSA-2014-0010.8, VMSA-2014-0010.9, VN-2014-002.

Description of the vulnerability

The bulletin VIGILANCE-VUL-15399 describes a vulnerability of bash.

However, the offered patch (VIGILANCE-SOL-36695) is incomplete. An variant of the initial attack can thus still be used to execute code or to create a file.

In this case, the code is run when the variable is parsed (which is not necessarily an environment variable), and not when the shell starts. The impact may thus be lower, but this was not confirmed.

An attacker can therefore define a special environment variable, which is transmitted (via CGI or OpenSSH for example) to bash, in order to execute code.
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