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Vulnerability Details : CVE-2006-1174

useradd in shadow-utils before 4.0.3, and possibly other versions before 4.0.8, does not provide a required argument to the open function when creating a new user mailbox, which causes the mailbox to be created with unpredictable permissions and possibly allows attackers to read or modify the mailbox.
Publish Date : 2006-05-28 Last Update Date : 2020-08-11
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- CVSS Scores & Vulnerability Types

CVSS Score
Confidentiality Impact Partial (There is considerable informational disclosure.)
Integrity Impact Partial (Modification of some system files or information is possible, but the attacker does not have control over what can be modified, or the scope of what the attacker can affect is limited.)
Availability Impact Partial (There is reduced performance or interruptions in resource availability.)
Access Complexity High (Specialized access conditions exist. It is hard to exploit and several special conditions must be satisfied to exploit)
Authentication Not required (Authentication is not required to exploit the vulnerability.)
Gained Access None
Vulnerability Type(s)
CWE ID 264

- Vendor Statements

Red Hat is aware of this issue and is tracking it via the following bugs: The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this issue as having low security impact, a future update may address this flaw. More information regarding issue severity can be found here: The risks associated with fixing this bug are greater than the low severity security risk. We therefore currently have no plans to fix this flaw in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1 which is in maintenance mode.
Source: Redhat

- Additional Vendor Supplied Data

Vendor Impact CVSS Score CVSS Vector Report Date Publish Date
Redhat low 2006-05-12 2005-02-23
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- Related OVAL Definitions

Title Definition Id Class Family
RHSA-2007:0276: shadow-utils security and bug fix update (Low) oval:com.redhat.rhsa:def:20070276 unix
RHSA-2007:0431: shadow-utils security and bug fix update (Low) oval:com.redhat.rhsa:def:20070431 unix
useradd in shadow-utils before 4.0.3, and possibly other versions before 4.0.8, does not provide a required argument to ... oval:org.mitre.oval:def:10807 unix
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- Products Affected By CVE-2006-1174

# Product Type Vendor Product Version Update Edition Language
1 Application Debian Shadow * * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
2 Application Debian Shadow 4.0.0 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
3 Application Debian Shadow 4.0.1 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
4 Application Debian Shadow 4.0.2 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
5 Application Debian Shadow 4.0.4 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
6 Application Debian Shadow * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
7 Application Debian Shadow 4.0.5 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
8 Application Debian Shadow 4.0.6 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities

- Number Of Affected Versions By Product

Vendor Product Vulnerable Versions
Debian Shadow 8

- References For CVE-2006-1174
SGI 20070602-01-P
BID 18111 Shadow-Utils 'useradd' Local Insecure Permissions Vulnerability Release Date:2007-12-18 CONFIRM
SECTRACK 1018221
REDHAT RHSA-2007:0431
REDHAT RHSA-2007:0276
FULLDISC 20070920 VMSA-2007-0006 Critical security updates for all supported versions of VMware ESX Server, VMware Server, VMware Workstation, VMware ACE, and VMware Player
GENTOO GLSA-200606-02
CERT-VN VU#312692
VUPEN ADV-2006-2006
VUPEN ADV-2007-3229
XF shadow-utils-useradd-file-permission(26958)
OVAL oval:org.mitre.oval:def:10807
BUGTRAQ 20070511 rPSA-2007-0096-1 shadow

- Metasploit Modules Related To CVE-2006-1174

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